Smith Cardiovascular Research Institute building at UCSF Mission Bay. Photo by Bruce Damonte
Embers from an adjacent building fire landed on the roof of the Smith Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) building at UC San Francisco Mission Bay, which caused the roof grass to catch on fire Tuesday evening.
A UCSF police officer and a facilities maintenance employee quickly put out the flame with fire extinguishers. There was no structural damage to CVRI and the building was largely empty when it was evacuated.
A five-alarm fire that consumed a large apartment building under construction a block away required 150 firefighters to keep the flames at bay. The six-story, 80-foot-tall building is likely to collapse, according to San Francisco Fire Department officials. They have not determined the cause of the fire.
The UCSF Fire Marshall gave approval for occupants to return to the Smith Cardiovascular Research Center, which was open normally for the workday today.
UCSF police are helping to direct traffic at 4th St. and Mission Bay Blvd. South, where SFFD equipment remains as of Wednesday morning. UCSF police have issued an “all clear” for all UCSF buildings and facilities at the Mission Bay campus.