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Four-alarm fire at pier 45

Firefighters work to extinguish a major fire at Pier 45 on May 23. Photo: NAOMI ROSE

Around 4 a.m. on May 23, locals were awakened by multiple fire engines called to put out a large fire at a warehouse on Fisherman’s Wharf’s Pier 45. As many as 130 firefighters had the fire contained within a few hours, saving the U.S. liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien in the process.

One firefighter reportedly suffered an injured hand, but no other injuries result ed from the fire. The warehouse, which held a few offices and fish processing equipment, was totally destroyed. 

At press time, the cause of the fire had not yet been determined, but investigators were expected to look into reports that homeless people had been spending time in the warehouse at night.

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