Tech Shuttle Bus Lot Charred By Fire From Homeless Camp

"Cleaning Up The Homeless Would Do A Big Service" Says Fire Official

Matt Bigler
September 20, 2019 - 10:40 am
Tech Shuttle Bus Lot Charred By Fire From Homeless Camp

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) – It was a scene that tied together two symbols of life in the Bay Area today: an early morning fire that started at a homeless encampment in San Francisco spread to a parking lot housing row after row of shuttle buses bound for the Apple campus.

The fire started at about 3:45 a.m. Friday at a camp in the city’s Bayview neighborhood that is known as “homeless row” – a long line of tents and other makeshift shelters along the Caltrain tracks beneath I-280. It jumped the fence separating the camp from the Storer parking lot and singed the side of an office trailer.

“This was a small homeless encampment fire with slight exposure to the trailer,” says San Francisco Fire Department Battalion Chief Zach Pumphrey. “It was mostly smoke, not a lot of flame.”

Fire at San Francisco homeless camp spreads to tech shuttle bus lot
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While the fire was small, Pumphrey says it is a sign of a larger issue in the city. “We have small homeless encampments all over the city that have become an increasing problem, especially with the fires – with cooking, with stealing electrical power… Cleaning up the homeless would do a big service to the city.”

No one was injured and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.