Fire breaks out in front of SF's Hong Kong Lounge II due to possible gas explosion

San Francisco firefighters are responding to a fire in the Inner Richmond, which might have possibly begun due to an explosion, according to SFFD.

Flames could be seen near the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Parker Avenue. Social media images of the scene show that the fire appears to be at the restaurant, Hong Kong Lounge II. Images from KTVU shows damage to the restaurant’s window and storefront.

Flames were also seen shooting above the roofs of nearby three-story buildings.

Residents are asked to avoid the area as crews work on the fire. A PG&E spokesperson told KTVU that they are aware of the issue and are working with emergency crews at the scene.

“Workers doing fiber optic work might have breached the gas line,” SF Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White stated at a press conference about the circumstances surrounding the start of the fire.

“I’m told there were eight workers in that vicinity, all were accounted for,” said Hayes-White. “We have medical personnel on scene. We have not had to use them at this time.”

“The fire department has this handled, and the rest of the city is safe too,” she later added.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports high-voltage wires are “compromised” in the area. [Read the full story here.]

SFMTA tweeted that due to the fire, the 38 Geary is being re-routed. Muni riders should expect delays.

Hong Kong Lounge II is a well-known local dim sum restaurant in the Inner Richmond district, drawing lines of people on the weekends. The restaurant’s Hong Kong-style dim sum was critically acclaimed and landed on several notable restaurants lists in the area.

We will update this report with more details as it becomes available.

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