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San Francisco fire: Blaze rages through Fisherman's Wharf

Oliver O'Connell
A raging fire ripped through warehouses at San Francisco's Pier 45 in the early hours of Saturday morning: NBC Bay Area

A fire ripped through warehouses on Pier 45 in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Flames and thick, black smoke could be seen from across the city when the alarm was raised at approximately 4.20am.

A quick response from the fire department, including a fire boat, managed to prevent the blaze from spreading, but a quarter of the pier has been lost.

Fire crews were able to save nearby tourist areas and the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a historic World War Two ship.

The fire is now contained. No injuries have been reported and there is no word yet of the cause of the blaze, believed to have started inside a warehouse.

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