Historic WWII ship saved from San Francisco warehouse fire

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Officials said that as of 6:36 a.m. PT, the fire is no longer at risk of spreading.

The blaze was first reported at 4:17 a.m. local time (7:17 a.m. ET) and has been contained to a section of the pier. "A few seconds later, the building started caving in".

A four-alarm warehouse fire broke out on Pier 45 in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood of San Francisco in the early hours of May 23, fire officials said.

While the fire spread from the original warehouse to two other buildings, firefighters were able to prevent the fire from reaching the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien, according to tweets from from the San Francisco Fire Department. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark.

The warehouse is not occupied at night, but homeless people are believed to go inside to sleep, Baxter said.

A large fire broke out at a warehouse along the San Francisco waterfront early Saturday morning.

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Jack Hutton via Storyful

Several fireboats are positioned around the wharf and helping fight the fire. Officials also reported that multiple walls of the original building have collapsed.

"Our firefighters absolutely saved the SS Jeremiah O'Brien during this fire as flames were pinching on the side of this vessel", Baxter said.

"This could very easily have been a conflagration".

No injuries were reported and the warehouse was empty, the station reported.

Officials haven't determined the cause of the fire but are investigating.

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