Two taken to hospital in 5-alarm fire that damaged 6 buildings

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Officials with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army have set up a shelter for residents of six buildings that have burned in a five-alarm fire that started this afternoon in San Francisco's Mission District neighborhood. (KGO-TV)

Fire officials said evacuation orders remain in effect for two locations near a five-alarm fire that heavily damaged six buildings, nine businesses and injured two today in San Francisco's Bernal Heights neighborhood.

Evacuations were still in effect as of 7:41 p.m. for the 3300 block of Mission Street and 29th Street between San Jose Avenue and Mission Street, fire spokesman Jonathan Baxter said.

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Two people were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and a 1-year-old was treated outside the fire for breathing issues. The child was not taken to a hospital, Baxter said.

Forty people have been displaced. Firefighters have not determined whether any pets died in the fire. However; firefighters located two cats that belonged to nearby residents.

The first report of the blaze came in at about 2:30 p.m. near Mission and 29th streets.

Manager Brian Mitchell of nearby Mitchell's Ice Cream at 688 San Jose Avenue said he heard fire trucks come on scene at about 2:30 p.m.

"There was black smoke billowing from the roof of the apartment building at 29th and Mission," Mitchell said. He saw fire burning the apartments above the 3300 Club bar at 3300 Mission St.

Firefighters contained the fire at 6:27 p.m.

A shelter-in-place order was lifted earlier this evening for a five-block area bounded by San Jose Avenue on the west, Cesar Chavez Street on the north, 30th Street and Eugenia Avenue on the south and Folsom and Elsie streets on the east.

But police said Mission Street between Valencia and 30th streets will be closed at least until the morning.

Officials with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army have set up a shelter for residents at the Salvation Army Community Center at 1156 Valencia St., Red Cross spokeswoman Kathleen Maclay said.

The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management has set up security for the shelter, which is typical, spokesman Francis Zamora said.

Baxter said Mayor Ed Lee came to the scene and spoke with affected residents.

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation. Baxter said that this fire is not related to the recent fires in the Mission District.

People have a misconception that the fires are being set intentionally, Baxter said. That's not the case, he said.

Stay with ABC7 News for the latest details on this developing story.
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