Photo by Will Jarrett

A fire broke out at the Amit Hotel at Mission and 16th streets this morning at 8 a.m.

Lt. Jonathan Baxter, spokesperson for the fire department, said that there were no injuries from the blaze, but one person has been displaced. The fire began in a third floor unit. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Some 35 firefighters were dispatched to bring the fire under control, and the situation was resolved in about 30 minutes.

Manuel Soitero, who works at a fruit stand outside the 16th Street BART station, said that when he arrived around 8:30 a.m., the whole block was shut down. Police cars at the 16th and 17th Street junctions were redirecting traffic and several fire trucks blocked the road.

“When I got here, there was still smoke,” said Soitero. “They were still putting out the fire.”

Amit Hotel is a single room occupancy building, with small rooms available for low rents. By Friday afternoon, the building was open again. A pile of burnt debris, including two mattresses, was still outside the property.

Photo by Will Jarrett.

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  1. I was nextdoor to where the fire broke out and I was incoveienced and not satisfied with my stay at the hotel Im asking for a refund and I’m reviewing no responses