Using axes and chainsaws to chop through the front of the restaurant, firefighters knocked down a fatal, early-morning fire at Star of India restaurant in Russian Hill today. The one-story building was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived and damage was heavy in the kitchen area where the bodies of two men, as yet unidentified, were found in a partially-collapsed loft above the kitchen. Nearby Moroccan restaurant Pasha also suffered some smoke damage from the blaze and will be closed for a few days.
There's no word on what caused the fire, but the San Francisco Arson Task Force is handling the investigation, which may or may not say something about the direction the probe is going to take.
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— Brian Bernbaum