A two-alarm fire burned a building on Lilac Street early Thursday morning, sending one person to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation, according to Battalion Chief Kevin McKeon, who was on the scene.
The fire struck an abandoned building at 2975 Mission St., according to Lieutenant Jonathan Baxter, the San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson. The building was burned in the back, abutting Lilac Street, which runs parallel to Mission.
A cause for the fire has not been determined, Baxter said. Fire investigators were on the scene early Thursday morning.
Two buildings next door were affected. Both are commercial buildings that were unoccupied at the time of the fire, and no residents were displaced.
McKeon said the department received the first call regarding the fire around 12:07 a.m. The two-alarm fire was extinguished as of 1 a.m., added Baxter, and involved more than 70 firefighters and more than 20 vehicles, including fire engines.
Firefighters gathered on Mission Street and the Lilac Street alley to combat the blaze.
Surge Dindral, a current resident and former president of a condo building located nearby, at 2987 Mission St., watched as firefighters gathered outside of his home. Other residents stood nearby, some swathed in blankets. Dindral said that all 12 residents of the building had been evacuated safely while the fire burned.
Shortly thereafter, around 1:40 a.m., Dindral and the other residents were allowed to return to their homes.
On Thursday morning, shopkeepers in the adjacent buildings were busy sweeping away water from their flooded stores.