A fire in an apartment building in San Francisco’s Hilltop neighborhood sparked by a fire alarm caused panic in the neighborhood, but it didn’t stop the residents from making plans for the future.
“I don’t think there was much panic,” said a woman who answered the phone at a nearby home for a group of residents.
“It was just that we were so close to getting out, that I felt like the world might be ending.”
The blaze broke out in a building on the city’s north side, which is where the Hilltop apartments are located.
Firefighters fought the blaze for nearly five hours as residents began moving into the building.
The fire erupted at 2:10 a.m. and destroyed an apartment complex, but the fire quickly became a firestorm as residents rushed out of their homes.
“We were all running to safety,” the woman said.
Neighbors and other residents who lived in the Hillside apartments were shocked by the fire.
A fire in a neighborhood has been blamed for the death of a woman.
I am so scared.
They had been living in Hilltop for six months.
It is a very busy neighborhood and we had planned to leave for New York City.
We are going to live in a two-bedroom apartment on a very expensive floor.
We were hoping to move out.
After the fire, residents gathered at the Hilltops apartment building to mourn the loss of life and to remember the residents who were forced to flee their homes in the wake of the fire: A mother, a daughter and a grandchild.
Residents say the fire that engulfed a Hilltop apartment complex in San Jose is the worst fire in the city since the 1930s.
There were no injuries and no evacuations were required.
While the fire was under control, a large group of Hilltop residents was forced to evacuate, including residents from the neighboring apartments.
San Jose Fire Capt. Dan Cappella said the fire is not expected to impact the region’s water supply.
Cappella also noted that firefighters did not use heavy equipment during the firefighting effort because of the lack of electricity and other safety concerns.
Despite the death toll, some residents were optimistic about the future after a recent report indicated that the housing market is still in good shape.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/local/san-jose-fire-killed-pioneering-building-building/article_d6c3d6d7-e5e7-11e4-bdcd-00259d8ad2e5.html#ixzz2W1q5ZWq1A The Hilltop Apartments fire was the worst blaze to hit San Jose since the fire of 1929, according to a report from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Officials estimated that the fire caused more than $1.4 billion in damages.
At least 14 people were killed and more than 200,000 homes were damaged.
As of Wednesday afternoon, no new information about the cause of the blaze was available.