San Francisco hotel fire leaves at least 100 people stranded

The Associated Press
Monday June 03, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO — At least 100 people were left homeless early Sunday after a fire ripped through a residential hotel. 

No one was seriously injured in the blaze, but 25 to 30 residents had to be rescued from fire escapes and the roof. Three people suffered minor smoke inhalation and were taken to San Francisco General Hospital, said San Francisco Fire Capt. Pete Howes. 

Fire officials were unsure what caused the three-alarm fire at the Baldwin Hotel just before 4 a.m. It started on a second-floor light shaft of the 200-room hotel and then spread to the roof and attic, Howes said. 

The American Red Cross set up an emergency shelter for those who were displaced by the blaze. It was unknown when residents would be allowed to return or how much damage was sustained, Howes said.