Big fire burns building along San Francisco waterfront

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Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire burning in a building along San Francisco's waterfront.

San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge says there are more than 100 firefighters on the scene and they're trying to "surround the fire and drown it out." Taldmage says no injuries have been reported.

The blaze is burning in a mostly-vacant building on Pier 29. It's not known what sparked the fire, which was reported at 1:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Large flames and thick black smoke are coming from the building. The pier is located on The Embarcadero, near Chestnut and Lombard streets.

Traffic has been stopped along the roadway, which is a main route along the city's waterfront. San Francisco transit officials say the fire is disrupting transit service in the area. People are being advised to avoid the area.

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