Crews Make Numerous Rescues from San Francisco Apartment Fire

Fifteen people were injured and five dozen displaced by a roaring, smoky early morning apartment house fire in a Tenderloin apartment building.

Steve Rubenstein

San Francisco Chronicle

(MCT)

Jun. 19—Fifteen people were injured and five dozen displaced by a roaring, smoky early morning apartment house fire in a Tenderloin apartment building on Saturday.

Firefighthers took about 90 minutes to contain the blaze at the six-story Sierra Madre apartment building, which broke out around 6:30 a.m.

Flames and dark smoke streamed from the roof of the building in the 400 block of Leavenworth Street.

Firefighters led people and pets from the smoky building. Some descended on a tall ladder raised against the side of the apartment house.

Fire Lt. Jonathan Baxter said that 15 injured people were being treated and assisted in an emergency Fire Department bus. They were in stable condition. Twenty people were rescued by firefighters.

Approximately 60 displaced residents were being helped to find shelter by the Red Cross.

By 8:15 a.m., the one-alarm fire was contained within the building and has not spread, Baxter said. Its cause was not immediately known.

Steve Rubenstein is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: srubenstein@sfchronicle.com; Twitter: @SteveRubeSF

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