Driving home after school and getting together with my dad in the Mission District of San Francisco, I saw a lot of smoke. I wondered what was going on while leaving my dad on 20th Street and Mission or so. The 101 entrance is on Cesar Chavez Blvd, and that's just past 26th Street near where the fire blazed around 6:15PM on Valencia between 25th and 26th Streets according to one article about it. The smoke was pretty bad, smelled a bit like wood and even gunpowder to me, and I had to close my windows and turn the fan to recycle which helped a lot. As I passed 23rd or so, I noticed pedestrians holding clothing items over their mouths and noses to protect themselves from inhalation. Valencia runs parallel to Mission, 4 blocks away.
According to the article in the San Francisco Chronicle cited in the first paragraph, one popular Irish pub, the Dovre, celebrated St. Patrick's Day yesterday till the fire department evacuated the place at 6:30PM on Valencia and 26th. The article also mentions that residents had to flee with their pets. However, though I also saw many emergency vehicles pass, I personally was never really in much danger from the fire which at closest was 4-blocks away.
A later article describes how valuables and lives got hit hard. It describes one woman who lost her apartment and will have major problems from it, and another woman, Carla Bauer, who lost at least one valuable item: a hundred-year-old German violin, but it wasn't her most valuable item. Pets got rescued, and only two people got injured, including one fire fighter. According to the latest article in the Chronicle, "[o]ne bird and three cats died, but four other cats were rescued, along with Brauer's pet rats," all five of them. Moreover, 59 people got displaced.