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San Francisco fire: 'Fortunate to have just one fatality,' chief says
San Francisco fire: 'Fortunate to have just one fatality,' chief says

With Mayor Ed Lee by her side, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White offered a detailed account Thursday of a massive Mission District blaze Wednesday evening that left one person dead, injured five and displaced nearly five dozen residents and as many as 20 small businesses. Police said late Wednesday that the fire did not appear to be intentionally set, but Hayes-White stressed that the cause remains under investigation, along with unverified reports from numerous witnesses that no alarms sounded. Residents attempting to flee the four-alarm fire, which began about 6:45 p.m., also have reported that their access to some fire escapes was blocked or otherwise hampered. ...

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