Mission Bay Fire. Mark Andrew Boyer / KQED
This under-construction apartment complex at Mission Bay was devoured by fire on March 11. (Mark Andrew Boyer / KQED)

The San Francisco Fire Department has issued a preliminary report on the massive, five-alarm fire that destroyed an under-construction, 172-unit Mission Bay apartment complex March 11. The report said the fire has been ruled “unintentional,” ignited by a “hot or smoldering object” between the top floor and the roof of the building. The estimated monetary damage is $40 million.

Two firefighters were injured in the blaze: one who suffered first-and-second-degree burns to the face and hands, and a battalion chief who sprained an ankle.

Fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said a more detailed investigative report will be issued in coming weeks.

FIre Report for 1200 4th Street in San Francisco


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix.  He also writes about film for KQED Arts.

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