5-alarm fire engulfing buildings in San Francisco

December 22, 2011 - 5:55 PM
San Francisco Fire

San Francisco firefighters climb down from a ladder at an apartment fire in the Western Addition area of San Francisco, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A large fire pushed by strong winds has engulfed at least three buildings near San Francisco's historic Alamo Square.

A pillar of thick smoke is rising into the sky over the neighborhood more than an hour after the blaze started just before noon Thursday. The five alarm blaze brought at least 120 firefighters to battle the flames at two apartment buildings and at least one other structure.

San Francisco Fire Department Capt. Jeanne Seyler says firefighters believe that they have successfully evacuated everyone from the buildings. She says no injuries were reported. Other residents in the area are being instructed to stay where they are.

Seyler says two buildings were completely ablaze. She says firefighters expect the larger building's roof to collapse.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.