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Members of the Fire Department's scuba-diving team searched under the building to make sure the fire had not spread to the creosoted pilings. Is working from home (literally) a pain in the neck? Additionally, the Red & White Fleet offices have been relocated to temporary offices away from the cleanup area. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. “The Port is trying to go through each and every insurance policy to figure out what they could actually get back,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, whose district includes Pier 45. © Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. and Bay City News Service. Officials estimate $3 to $5 million worth of fishing equipment was destroyed in a fire on the pier early Saturday. “It is something that is a tragedy and we are working with our tenants to connect them to resources as best as possible,” said Randy Quezada, Port of San Francisco spokesperson. Also at Shed C were the corporate offices of the Red and White Fleet, which provides cruises in San Francisco Bay. Barden estimated damage as "extensive." “We are hoping that it will be in the coming weeks, not in the coming months,” Foster said. The Port is working with Belfor Restoration on the cleanup, and the partnership aims to ensure tenants can safely reuse the pier. About 150 firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that destroyed a quarter of the structures on Pier 45 in San Francisco early on Saturday morning, the authorities said. “But a lot of the things that we need to maintain and keep those boats running was destroyed, along with computers and office equipment.”. We are moving as quickly as we can. The cause of the fire … All Bay Area counties except San Francisco are impacted. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Next week, cleanup is set to start on Shed A, where the Musee Mecanique and USS Pampanito submarine are located. San Francisco Fire Department Firefighters have contained a fire that erupted early Saturday morning at a warehouse on Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf, according to the San Francisco Fire … Foster said that he hopes an insurance claim could recover some of their losses. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The San Francisco Fire Department and the Port of San Francisco continue to investigate what caused the four-alarm fire that ripped through Pier 45 Saturday. The fire was reported at 2:29 a.m. “We are hopeful that we will have all these hotspots completely out and mitigated within the week’s end,” Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Fire Department, said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. The National Liberty Ship Memorial, which operates the Jeremiah O’Brien as a floating museum, is also raising funds after losing items on the pier. We hope so,” Foster said. But we want to do this in a safe orderly fashion.”. Port officials said clean up at Sheds B and D, which house fish processors, is set to be finished this weekend. “The good news is our boats are OK,” said Tyler Foster, executive vice president of CFO of Red and White Fleet. Fire crews evacuated the occupants of the pier … He said that he is working with other Fisherman’s Wharf businesses, trying to get more clarity from The City on when they can open since the summer season is the best time of the year for them. “As we complete cleaning operations in a shed, we will allow them to return to fish processing operations. Collins has estimated the loss at around $3 million to $5 million. I am learning as I go. In total, about 65 tenants were impacted on the pier. 22. They were looking to answer that question as of Tuesday. Firefighters douse hotspots Tuesday on a still-smoldering four-alarm fire that began early Saturday morning at Pier 45 near Fisherman’s Wharf. He added, “I instructed the fishermen that they needed to make a list of everything they had in their shed spaces and the value of it. The fireboat Phoenix also fought the blaze from the Bay. According to the Port, by this weekend about 84,000 square feet at the port will be cleaned up, leaving about 15,000 square feet remaining. When firefighters first arrived, they found the 50-foot-high facade engulfed in flames, according to Battalion Chief Dan Barden. Deutsche Finance America and New York developer Michael Shvo teamed up to buy the building. SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Although cleanup efforts remain underway at San Francisco’s Pier 45 after a four-alarm fire significantly damaged it last weekend, officials with the Port of San Francisco said Friday they’re making “significant progress.” And that process is not completed yet.”. “A lot of us have a short window in the summer high season, and if that slips away the chances of businesses surviving to 2021 gets much, much dimmer.”, The SS Jeremiah O’Brien was saved from the fire at Pier 45 and will be moved to Pier 35 North. The SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a historic World War II liberty ship, docked at Pier 45, was saved from the fire and was to be relocated Tuesday to Pier 35 North. A four-alarm fire at Fisherman’s Wharf destroyed a warehouse on Pier 45 early Saturday and threatened a historic ship anchored nearby. Examiner), Loss to fishing industry alone could be in the millions. That’s when fire investigators can go take a closer look at the scene to determine the cause. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. In addition, Water2Table, one of the seafood processing companies based on the pier, has launched its own GoFundMe to support the fishermen. For now, however, ship has been relocated to Pier 35N. SF Mayor Breed pauses some openings with uptick in cases, Study: Severe COVID-19 cases may age brain by 10 years, Iconic SF skyscraper sells for the first time ever, Maps: Here's where the power is out in California. Before the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge were built, the pier was used as a landing slip for ferry boats and barges that plied the Bay and carried railroad freight cars from Marin and the North Bay. ©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Located between Pier 39 and Pier 45, it served for many years as a background for the 112-year-old three-masted square-rigger, The Balclutha. By viewing our video content, you are accepting the terms of our. Meanwhile, the Port is working on cleaning the fish processing bays in Sheds B and D before allowing them to reopen. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “We’ve met with the Port. The blaze completely destroyed a fourth structure on the pier, Shed C, which contained a considerable amount of equipment used by San Francisco fishermen for the upcoming crab season. The Crab Boat Owners Association has also launched a gofundme effort to raise $1 million to “reequip fishing businesses with the gear necessary to continue working and bringing fresh seafood to San Francisco.”. Days after a four-alarm fire erupted on Pier 45 that destroyed the equipment of dozens of fishermen and crabbers and halted fish processing operations, firefighters remain on the scene to control flare ups of flame in three smoldering sections of Shed C. The fishermen and crabbers stored their traps and lines in that shed, which was where the fire originated early Saturday and what it destroyed. < The mayor is putting the brakes on the majority of activities and businesses that were... Hospitalized patients who recovered perform worse than expected on intelligence tests. They told us they are going to be helpful,” said Larry Collins, president of San Francisco’s Community Fishing Association. 22 would help undo decades worth of worker protections. He said it may be that these policies would include a personal property provision that would reimburse them for the loss of crab pots, which cost about $250, but “that question has not been answered.”, Regardless of that answer, Peskin said, “I am committed, and The City is committed, to making sure that these crab fisher people get back on their feet.”. All Rights Reserved. “As a community, we have lost approximately two-thirds of the capacity to harvest the fresh seafood that is delivered to San Francisco and the essence of our livelihoods,” the campaign site read. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Pier 45 is home to many seafood processing companies and wholesalers, some of whom suffered damage and loss in the fire. A second alarm was pulled 10 minutes later, and firefighters fought the blaze until 5:47 a.m. before it was declared under control. And it… Continue reading, A march in San Francisco Sunday in advance of this week’s election… Continue reading, All the talk during the week of what the Seahawks wouldn’t have… Continue reading, Local organizations weathering storm with diligent budgeting, creative programming, Utility uses expensive hookups to discourage public power use, Restaurants no longer permitted to increase indoor dining capacity to 50 percent. About 30 fishermen and crabbers who lost equipment in the fire held a meeting with Port officials Monday. The company was already suffering from the shelter-in-place order that shuttered “non-essential” businesses and they had to lay off about 40 employees, about 85 percent of the workforce. The fishermen and crabbers were connected to the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for possible assistance. Although flames threatened the historic Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien, fire crews were able to save it from damage. Pier 45 is an integral part of the city’s fishing community and the blaze has delivered a devastating blow. Large amounts of fishing equipment stand piled at Pier 45 on Tuesday. No timeline was given for their reopening. The early Saturday morning blaze damaged the underside of the pier, and resulted in three tenants of being displaced, according to fire officials. SF Mayor Breed pauses some openings with uptick in... Newsom declines to take a side on Prop. But on…, SF slows down reopening after COVID-19 cases rise, Downtown businesses cover windows ahead of election week, City unveils newly renovated Western Addition playground, Now is the time to make friends with enemies, Prop. Examiner). “I was just on the phone with an insurance adjuster. Examiner). “As we clean each shed, we are giving an opportunity for tenants to come back to move product in and out,” said Quezada, the Port spokesperson. One firefighter sustained a hand injury while battling the fire at the warehouse the size of a football field on Pier 45, Fire Lt. Jonathan Baxter said. Tenants are required to have some form of insurance to lease from the Port, but it remains unclear to city officials if the policies held by the fishermen and crabbers will help. No one was injured as more than 70 firefighters responded to the fire at Pier 43. SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Although cleanup efforts remain underway at San Francisco’s Pier 45 after a four-alarm fire significantly damaged it last weekend, officials with the Port of San Francisco said Friday they’re making “significant progress.”.