Just four months after the St. Patrick’s Day fire incapacitated five businesses, another fire and round of displacement hit North Beach late Monday night.
A three-alarm fire at Fiddler’s Green, an iconic Irish pub in a Columbus Avenue building that survived the 1906 earthquake, began a few minutes to midnight and lasted just one hour. In the end, nine people were displaced — five of which were tourists staying in an Airbnb — from the residential unit above the pub and a firefighter suffered a minor injury.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Four months earlier, a four-alarm fire tore through a building on Union Street across from Washington Square park. The damage may have been swept up in the political drama: Supervisor Aaron Peskin called for Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White to resign for what he perceived to be inaction as firefighters battled flames inside the building but later apologized for doing so on the scene, the Examiner reported.
Fortunately for the five business displaced by the St. Patrick’s Day blaze, a pop-up benefit helps keep the business alive. Patrons of Salzburg Ferry Plaza Seafood, Rogue Ales Public House, Tuk Tuk Thai, and Coit Liquors can still show their support at Doors Open at 1707 Powell St.
Unfortunately for Fiddler’s Green, Doors Open completes its run this month and it’s not clear how long the businesses will be out of commission from the damage. After just two years of new owners re-opening the now 27-year-old space, tourists and locals will have to dig up their loyal patience for the Irish pub once again.
Bay City News contributed to this report.