VIDEO: Semi truck vs building crash, fire on Market near Sanchez in the Castro

Fire at Arthur J. Sullivans Funeral Home (photo: Twitter/Matt Oertli)
Fire at Arthur J. Sullivans Funeral Home (photo: Twitter/Matt Oertli)

Update (10:10AM): SFPD reports the vehicle was traveling Westbound on Market Street when the hood of the 18-wheeler flew open and the driver heard a bang. The driver lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into the funeral home. The vehicle and the building caught on fire. The driver and passenger were taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Crews helped to clean up over 150 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into the road.

Update (7:10AM): Crews are still trying to haul off the rig. Market Street blocked off Westbound between Sanchez and 16/Noe.

At approximately 12:30AM this morning, SFPD and SF Fire Department responded to a 2-alarm fire caused by a 18-wheel semi-truck that slammed into Arthur J. Sullivans Funeral Home (2254 Market Street) and burst into flames. Many neighbors said they woke to the sound of a giant explosion and rumbling.

Police and fire crews evacuated Market Street between Sanchez and 16th/Noe Street. At one point there were at least 5 firetrucks on the scene with 15-20 SFPD officers securing the area. It is not clear if the driver of the truck survived the crash. One other person was reported injured.

In the video footage (below) caught by neighbor Drew Paxton, you can hear a big explosion from the fire 8 seconds in with flames blazing in the parking lot adjacent to Beck’s Motor Lodge. One man can be seen being taken away by medics. The man is in stable condition with no life threatening injuries.

Reader Paul Quick and videographer Drew Paxton noted that it seemed to take SFFD longer than expected to respond. “I heard the explosion from my house, then no sirens until about five minutes later. Station 6 is about 300 yards away,” said Quick.

The name on the truck reads Southwest Traders, Inc. a Temecula, CA-based product distribution company.

As of 2:30AM, emergency crews still had the 2200 block of Market blocked off to vehicle traffic while crews inspected the building for structural safety and to figure out the best way to pull the rig out.


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6 Responses

  1. pdquick says:

    Note that the explosion on the video is not the initial collision and explosion, which preceded Fire Dept response by around 5 minutes by my estimate. I heard the collision from my house on Beaver St. I talked to eyewitnesses who confirmed the long delay, and the voice in this video is heard @2:04 to ask why it took so long to get the fire apparatus out of the station.

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    • Kevin Ballard says:

      I was dialing 911 within 30 seconds of the crash (had to leap out of bed and confirm what the noise was first). It was another 30 seconds to a minute to actually reach a dispatcher. By that point they had already received at least one report that put the location as Market & Church.

      So basically, it took a while before they even received an accurate report of what happened.

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  2. Jane says:

    I would guess 5 minute response too. I called 911 right after hearing the bangs and seeing the fire start growing. About 45 sec hold and then the dispatcher on the line wasn’t even sure of the location. she said they had reports of market/church, even. the call was two minutes and the trucks showed up in another minute or so after that.

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  3. Zann says:

    Such an odd thing! Well, it always is, but the building’s positioning makes this type of incident all the less likely, compared to a corner building in an intersection.

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  4. Sanchez Resident says:

    I hope the driver is ok. It does seem like an odd place to have an accident like this. Maybe the driver fell asleep.

    According to an article on sfgate about five days ago, the Prado Group has the Sullivan Funeral Home property (building and parking lot) under contract to develop housing. I’m not sure if it will be rental or for sale. This accident may accelerate the building project timeline.

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