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VIDEO: San Francisco's Biggest Fire In Years

A "quick-moving, monstrous blaze" on Tuesday destroyed a nine-story apartment building that was under construction in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood.

The San Francisco Chronicle adds that "firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading to nearby structures."

Our colleagues at KQED live blogged as the story unfolded. They report there was at least one injury: A firefighter "suffered burns to his face and hands." The city's fire chief, Joanne Hayes-White, tells local news outlets that this was the city's biggest fire in at least several years.

The Associated Press has video.

According to the Chronicle, "fire investigators believe that whatever sparked the blaze had as long as an hour to smolder. The building's sprinkler system had not yet been installed." Construction was set to be completed later this year.

Flames leap from the roof of the under-construction apartment building that caught fire Tuesday in San Francisco. i i

Flames leap from the roof of the under-construction apartment building that caught fire Tuesday in San Francisco. Terry Schmitt /UPI/Landov hide caption

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Flames leap from the roof of the under-construction apartment building that caught fire Tuesday in San Francisco.

Flames leap from the roof of the under-construction apartment building that caught fire Tuesday in San Francisco.

Terry Schmitt /UPI/Landov
Firefighters battle the multistory blaze in a residential building under construction Tuesday in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. i i

Firefighters battle the multistory blaze in a residential building under construction Tuesday in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. Karl Mondon /MCT/Landov hide caption

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Firefighters battle the multistory blaze in a residential building under construction Tuesday in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood.

Firefighters battle the multistory blaze in a residential building under construction Tuesday in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood.

Karl Mondon /MCT/Landov

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