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  • 12 March 2014, 3:42

San Francisco Blaze: Fire Crews Tackle Inferno

Around 150 firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a six-storey apartment building under construction in downtown San Francisco.

The fire in the Mission Bay area of the city, which broke out at about 5pm local time (12am), can be seen for miles.

Eyewitness Ethan Weiss wrote on Twitter it was "absolutely out of control" and his eyes were burning because of the smoke.

"The whole building is going to be gone," he said.

A wall of the structure on Fourth Street collapsed around an hour later and soon afterwards a corner of the building was consumed in flames, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White told the Los Angeles Times: "We are not quite contained, but we will be there in a few more hours."

A cordon around the area had been set up because "the possibility of collapse is very likely", she added.

Retired San Jose Fire Captain Vincent Scortino told CBS San Francisco such buildings were "like a pile of kindling (material for starting a fire, such as dry wood or straw) waiting to go up".

The building is close to AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

There are no reports of any injuries.

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