Pier 45 warehouse goes up in flames

By Sara Gaiser : sfexaminer – excerpt

A four-alarm fire at Fisherman’s Wharf destroyed a warehouse on Pier 45 early Saturday and threatened a historic ship anchored nearby.

Fire crews evacuated the occupants of the pier and were able to save the SS Jeremiah O’Brien floating museum from the flames, officials said.

One firefighter was injured and is in stable condition, and a fire truck was damaged. No civilian injuries were reported in the fire, which was first reported about 4:15 a.m…

The fire was under control by 2 p.m. and displaced at least three tenants of the warehouse, fire officials said.

The fire damaged the underside of the pier, which will be examined by the port officials for structural integrity, Baxter said.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin said the fire burned down the office space of sightseeing cruise company Red and White Fleet, and damaged sheds in an area where a seafood processors operate. It also destroyed a large quantity of fishing gear stored by local fishermen…

The timing is bad, however, for seafood wholesalers and fishermen who have already been hurt by the loss of restaurant and catering business during the shutdown. Some have recently expanded retail sales and deliveries in an effort to stay afloat…

“My biggest fear is the status of the entire pier,” the post said. “[Fifteen] fish businesses on the pier and we are hoping we are not locked out or the safety of the pier and wood pilings are in question. If so this will be a true historical disaster for the local fishing industry.”… (more)

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