Historic WWII ship saved from San Francisco warehouse fire

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Devon Turner via Storyful

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 fire broke out before dawn and tore through the warehouse near the end of the concrete pier, causing its walls to collapse, Baxter said.

When the first truck responded, the flames were so high they reached above its aerial ladder.

The blaze at Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf initially threatened a historic World War II ship, but officials said they were able to save it. The warehouse where the fire broke out was a "total loss", KGO-TV reported.

Firefighters say there were no injuries reported.

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Jack Hutton via Storyful

At least 130 firefighters have been dispatched to the scene, as well as fireboats and Coast Guard and Police Marine units to help monitor the water around the Pier, according to officials.

The only damage to the Jeremiah O'Brien was some minor paint bubbling, Baxter said. Officials said there is now no evidence that anyone was inside the building at the time of the fire, but homeless people have slept in the building in the past.

Baxter credited regular training drills for helping firefighters take quick action. "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 cause of the fire has not yet been announced.

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