Update 3:10 p.m.
: Looks like things are getting worse with the Mission Fire. Twitter is buzzing with updates from neighbors and news outlets. We talked to the fire department, which tells us that so far, five people have been transported to the hospital, three civilians and two firefighters. At 3:02 p.m., the front of the building was starting to separate, and fire crews were being pulled from the scene for safety reasons. A fire marshal tells SF Weekly
that there's still a lot of smoke at this time, so they can't see how much of the building has come down, but it's starting to collapse.
Update 2:35 p.m.: ABC News is now reporting
that the blaze in the Mission District has grown to a five-alarm fire.
Update 1:41 p.m.:
We spoke with Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman with the Fire Department., who says they two-alarm fire is still not contained and heavy smoke is billowing from the rooftop. Firefighters were having some trouble accessing the top floors because of bars on the windows. Thus, the conditions inside started worsening. Fire crews pulled all personnel out of the building and they are now "fighting it defensively on the outside."
As of now, one person is being treated for smoke inhalation. Talmadge described the three-story building as a retail store with two floors of storage above.
San Francisco fire crews are at the scene of a blaze in the heart of the city's Mission District.
According to press reports
, the fire broke out at a two-story commercial building along the 2600 block of Mission Street just after 1 p.m.
We'll tell you more when we know more.