Historic S.F. Cannery catches fire

The Associated Press
Monday March 18, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO – A fire raged for hours at the Haslett Warehouse, a historic landmark on Fisherman’s Wharf, destroying the fourth floor and roof. 

The fire was contained Sunday, but firefighters continued to fight it. 

“We’re not calling it under control because we still have a lot of heat in the heavy timbers,” said Capt. Pete Howes. 

The fourth floor and roof of the building were completely destroyed, although the brick facade still stands, Howes said. Firefighters were keeping people away from the building in case of collapse. The building was built around 1907 and was undergoing renovations. 

The Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group had signed a 57-year lease with the National Park Service, which owns the Haslett Warehouse, to transform it into the Argonaut Hotel. 

The warehouse is adjacent to The Cannery shopping center, which remained closed Sunday. Some of the 30 shops and restaurants had smoke and fire damage and would remained closed until cleanup was finished, said Kris Kremers, marketing director for the center. 

There were no reports of injuries. Most businesses on the wharf were closed when the fire broke shortly before midnight Saturday, city fire Lt. Eric Richardson said. 

Flames had caused burn damage to adjacent buildings. 

Fire investigators did not immediately determine a cause.