A fire in a taxicab garage in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood sent an attention-getting plume of black smoke into the air at midday Monday. (Francesca Segre/KQED)
A fire in taxicab garage in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood sent an attention-getting plume of black smoke into the air at midday Monday. (Francesca Segre/KQED)

Update 1:30 p.m. Luxor Cab said that its service garage near Jerrold Avenue and Upton Street was destroyed in a three-alarm fire that emitted a thick plume of black smoke early Monday afternoon.

Here are the details, as reported by Bay City News:

The fire, reported at 11:53 a.m., has been contained but not fully extinguished as of shortly after 1 p.m., Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

The blaze caused the roof to collapse at the building, which was still smoldering this afternoon, Talmadge said.

Charles Rathbone, assistant manager with Luxor Cab Co., said the fire destroyed a service garage on Upton Street that the company used for maintenance and repairs.

“It’s a total loss,” Rathbone said.

He said all employees inside the building escaped without any injuries.

However, he said, “We lost a bunch of cars in there, including a beautiful 1938 Plymouth we had hoped to showcase as part of our history.”

Luxor was one of the city’s first cab companies, operating since 1928.

“It’s nothing that money can’t fix,” Rathbone said of the fire.

“Nobody was hurt so we’re fortunate in that event.”

Original post: The San Francisco Fire Department is fighting a three-alarm fire in the city’s Bayview neighborhood. The blaze, which has produced a smoke plume visible from the central Bay Area, is burning in a two-story building at 2177 Jerrold Ave. That’s the address of a two-story building in the middle of a neighborhood of warehouses and light industrial businesses.

No injuries were reported, and though the fire was still out of control at 1:10 p.m., more than an hour after it was reported, firefighters appeared to have stopped it from spreading to nearby structures.

The smoke is drawing widespread attention, however. Several KQED staffers have called in or brought in pictures of the plume, which is rising from a point about a mile and a half from the station.

Smoke plume rises from three-alarm fire Monday in San Francisco's Bayview District. (Paul Lancour/KQED).
Smoke plume rises from three-alarm fire Monday in San Francisco’s Bayview District. (Paul Lancour/KQED).
  • Mike Rose

    You can really see the smoke rising but now ash is falling in my neighborhood which is 1/2 mike away. Hope it’s not toxic chemicals


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