Nine firefighters OK after smoky San Francisco fire

Nine firefighters were treated and released after battling Wednesday night’s electrical fire in the basement of the Union Square office building that houses a Tiffany & Co. jewelry store, authorities said today.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 6:55 p.m. at 360 Post St., said Lt. Ken Smith, a spokesman for the San Francisco Fire Department. The fire sent smoke pouring through all 11 floors.

About 70 firefighters reached the building at around 7 p.m. and contained the fire in 25 minutes.

Nine firefighters were taken to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation. Some were taken as a precautionary measure, and all of them have been released, said Lt. Mindy Talmadge, a Fire Department spokeswoman.

Office workers got out safely, and damage was limited to the basement. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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