Fire in San Francisco creates thick smoke plume

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This Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 photo, released by Tony Roderick shows smoke rising from a multi-alarm fire at an auto body shop in the Bayview district of San Francisco. The plume was visible for miles around noon on Monday. The fire was burning in an industrial area. (AP Photo/Tony Roderick)

This Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 photo, released by Tony Roderick shows smoke rising from a multi-alarm fire at an auto body shop in the Bayview district of San Francisco. The plume was visible for miles around noon on Monday. The fire was burning in an industrial area. (AP Photo/Tony Roderick)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco fire officials say a three-alarm blaze that created a plume of thick, black smoke visible for miles was fueled by tires, cars and other toxins.

The fire at an auto body shop in the city’s Bayview district broke out a little before noon on Monday.

Fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1k62fO6) more than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze. Television news footage showed firefighters on ladders spraying the blaze from above.

The building was a total loss, but Talmadge says crews were able to prevent a propane tank outside the building from exploding.

There were no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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