UPDATE: 2-Alarm Fire Erupts At San Francisco Residential Hotel; One Resident Injured; Blaze Contained

A two-alarm fire erupted Sunday afternoon at the National Hotel in San Francisco's Civic Center, forcing residents to flee the thick smoke that billowed out of the building.

UPDATE: 2-Alarm Fire Erupts At San Francisco Residential Hotel; One Resident Injured; Blaze Contained

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — A two-alarm fire erupted Sunday afternoon at the National Hotel in San Francisco’s Civic Center, forcing residents to flee the thick smoke that billowed out of the building.

San Francisco Fire officials said one resident was transported to the hospital with injuries and two dogs were rescued.

The hotel, located in the 600 block of Odd Fellows Way just off Market Street, offers 90 units of permanent “supportive housing to San Francisco residents in critical need.”

Fire officials said crews responded to the mid-Market neighborhood to reports of a fire at 5:30 p.m. The response was quickly elevated to two alarms.

As they arrived, they encountered a chaotic scene. Dozens of residents were streaming out of the building.

“All my residents, they lost everything,” the desk clerk told KPIX 5. “They are sitting over there. Upset. They are crying.”

She said the smoke billowed in from the back of the building.

“As the smoke was coming in from the back of the building, I’m knocking on all the doors, trying to get everyone out of the hotel,” she said. “By myself.”

The thick smoke clogged the air in the neighborhood. Flames roared out of the first floor at the rear of the building.

“That smoke is nasty,” the firefighters union tweeted out at the height of the fire. “Anyone in the area should close their windows and avoid it! If you did breathe it please drink a lot of water. It’s the reason firefighters have increased rates of cancer.”

By 7:02 p.m., fire officials said the blaze and smoke had been contained.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. The Red Cross was at the scene, assisting the 80 displaced residents.

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‘We Need Answers’: Vigil Held For Alonzo Polk Who Drowned At Dedham Graduation Party

A vigil took place Sunday night for 17-year-old Alonzo Polk, who drowned last weekend during a Dedham graduation party.

‘We Need Answers’: Vigil Held For Alonzo Polk Who Drowned At Dedham Graduation Party

DEDHAM (CBS) – A vigil took place Sunday night for 17-year-old Alonzo Polk, who died after being pulled from a swimming pool last weekend during a Dedham graduation party. More than 100 people gathered outside his family’s home to show their support.

Polk died several days after he was pulled unresponsive from a pool on Netta Road just after midnight June 6.

“I need my baby and I am never going to see him again. I need my baby,” said mom Debra Rowell. “I need justice for my baby.”

Alonzo Polk (Family photo)

Polk’s family is demanding answers surrounding his death.

Sunday’s vigil involved a march to the pool where Polk was found, then a celebration of Polk’s life at a nearby park. “Justice for Alonzo,” the crowd chanted at times.

Dedham Police filed an application for misdemeanor criminal charges that include furnishing alcohol to minors and endangering a child. The Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death.

“I hear it. I do. I hear it. But they’ve yet to talk about this case, they’ve yet to talk about these people, they’ve yet to mention a name. We know that this is a retired state trooper’s home. What are they going to do about that? You’re in a position to protect and serve. This is prevention. You’re supposed to prevent things like this from happening,’ said Polk’s brother Shawn Drane. “We need answers.”

“He went to a party and didn’t come back. And nobody has an answer for that. That’s the only thing we want: closure,” said Senior Polk, Alonzo’s father.

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