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Fire @San Francisco Pier 45 this AM..Of note:

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4 alarm fire..nasty nasty blaze.  Likely have to remove the pier afterwards as the fire works down onto those heavily creosoted and tarred piling.  The Liberty ship Jeremiah O Brian is tied up next to this location.   A Port of San Francisco Fire Boat was specifically detailed to protect the O'Brain and the ship is undamaged.  No lives are reported lost or injured at this time, cause of fire is unknown but there are wooden buildings on wooden piers, on wooden pilings that have been in place for over 70 years, so no real surprise that they've gone up fast.  SF Firefighters are only acting to contain the fire and not allow it to spread to adjacent structured.

Figured some of the US shop crew might be interested.  For some this was home before the move to Texas.

 

 

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Apparently this pier IS the home of the O' Brian, The J. O'Brian preservation society maintains offices, a museum, gift store etc on the pier..and those assets are likely lost. 

 

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7 minutes ago, TL_Warlord_Roff said:

Apparently this pier IS the home of the O' Brian, The J. O'Brian preservation society maintains offices, a museum, gift store etc on the pier..and those assets are likely lost. 

 

They saved the O' Brian!!  COOL!  I used to regularly use a side tie not far from there when I took my boat from Alameda to SF.  This is so Sad.

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SFFD made sure of that.  They tasked fire boat #3 specifically with keeping the O'Brian uninvolved.  Report is a little paint on one side got scorched, but no reported damage to ship or it's fittings.   Likely as not they're working on getting the working crew onboard and moving the ship away from the fire which is expected to be burning for several hours yet.  Only a bare handful of Liberty Ships left in the world and only one that can move under it's own power and that's the O'Brian.        

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I remember Bob  McKenzie's reporting on the Jeremiah O'brain... Glad they saved the ship...

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That would have been a sad loss.  

Too much history has already gone to rust or the scrapper's yard. 

 

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