San Francisco Firefighter Dies After Fighting Airport Parking Garage Fire

Firefighter Christopher Yock, 58, died after responding to a fire involving six cars at an airport parking garage.

Nora Mishanec

San Francisco Chronicle


Jun. 15—A San Francisco firefighter died after fighting a fire at San Francisco International Airport last week, department officials said Tuesday.

Longtime firefighter Christopher Yock, 58, died after responding to a fire involving six cars at an airport parking garage around 6:30 a.m. on June 8, the fire department said in a statement.

Yock suffered an apparent cardiac arrest at his San Rafael home after returning from the incident, said fire department spokesperson Lt. Jonathan Baxter.

It was not immediately clear whether Yock died as a result of injuries sustained in the fire.

Paramedics from the San Rafael Fire Department attempted life-saving measures, Baxter said, but Yock died at his home. A representative for the Marin County coroner’s office said the cause of death remains unclear, pending an autopsy.

Born in the Westborough neighborhood of South San Francisco, Yock worked as a firefighter in Alameda and the Presidio before joining SFFD in 2000. He spent most of his career at Station 10 in the Richmond District before transferring to the airport in January 2019, the department said.

A world traveler with a passion for food, Yock is survived by one son, according to his obituary.

A vigil will be held at St. Ignatius Church on Thursday.

Nora Mishanec is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @NMishanec


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