San Francisco teachers aid rescue efforts in fire that displaces 18, district says

San Francisco public school teachers Vincent Reyes (L) and Cecily Ina-Lee (R) helped elderly residents in a Fillmore District apartment building evacuate their homes on Friday, according to school district officials.
San Francisco public school teachers Vincent Reyes (L) and Cecily Ina-Lee (R) helped elderly residents in a Fillmore District apartment building evacuate their homes on Friday, according to school district officials. Photo credit San Francisco Unified School District

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – San Francisco firefighters are investigating the cause of a Friday morning fire that displaced 18 people and prompted a pair of public school teachers to contribute to rescue efforts.

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Vincent Reyes, a first grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School, told KCBS Radio he ran into the burning apartment building at 10 Inca Ln. to help residents evacuate their homes. Cecily Ina-Lee, a second grade teacher at the school, called first responders.

Reyes and Ina-Lee noticed the fire during morning recess, walking over to the apartment complex one-tenth of a mile away in order to help its evacuation. The pair informed elderly residents they needed to evacuate, and Reyes helped an elderly couple release their fire escape.

The blaze burned until firefighters contained it just before noon on Friday.

The fire started just before 10:30 a.m. on the second and third floors, according to the San Francisco Fire Department, injuring seven people. One sustained critical injuries, two suffered serious injuries and another person had minor injuries.

Five people were rescued from the fire, according to department officials. The fire's cause is not yet known.

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