6:04 PM: We just happened onto this and SFD has just arrived.
The fire was burning in shrubbery in front of the building and spread to balconies.
Passersby were hollering for people to get out. More…
More firefighters have arrived. The flames were roaring up the side of the building before their arrival. No word of injuries so far.
6:19 PM: Under control, damage mostly exterior, says SFD. Cause under investigation.
6:34 PM: They’re evaluating the interior to see if it’s safe for residents to go back inside.
7:15 PM: California’s still blocked at the scene by SFD units.
7:30 PM: SFD says it was started by fireworks. $100,000 damage estimate.
8:49 PM: Added two short video clips we recorded just before and just after the first engine arrived. Meantime, the incident log shows only 3 units still on scene, so California is likely passable again.