Fire rips through San Francisco's famed Fisherman's Wharf

A large fire broke out at a warehouse along the San Francisco waterfront early Saturday morning

A fire engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf early Saturday, sending a thick plume of smoke over the waterfront and threatening to spread to a historic World War II-era ship before firefighters brought the flames under control.

The warehouse is not occupied at night, but homeless people are believed to go inside to sleep, Baxter said. A quarter of the buildings on the pier were scorched, officials said. The first fire truck to respond to the scene sustained some damage.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze is now under investigation. A fire boat was used to protect the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, a liberty ship that stormed Normandy on D-Day in 1944.

The fire was reported at about 4:30 a.m. at Pier 45 near Fisherman's Wharf
The fire was reported at about 4:30 a.m. at Pier 45 near Fisherman's Wharf

Several fireboats are positioned around the wharf and helping fight the fire.

"When firefighters arrived, the flames were literally lapping over the Jeremiah O'Brien", he said, CNN affiliate KPIX reported. Jonathan Baxter said that the fire began at the pier's Building C, and all four corners of the building have collapsed inward. "We pride ourselves that this is one of the areas we do weekly drills on", he said, referring to training aimed at preventing blazes from spreading to surrounding structures. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the warehouse holds equipment for processing fish.

The cause of the fire has not yet been announced. "At this time we do not have any indication that is the case, but that is one of the main points our fire investigator will be looking at".

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