(02-07) 13:03 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- A two-alarm blaze that damaged two
homes near San Francisco's Castro neighborhood early today was ignited
by rags used to varnish a deck, authorities said.
The fire that broke out at a home on the 300 block of Corbett Avenue
was spotted by two police officers shortly after 3 a.m. They roused
the residents and notified firefighters.
The blaze jumped to a home on the 1300 block of Clayton Street.
Firefighters put out the flames within 45 minutes, and no one was
The fire started in rags that were being used to varnish the deck of
the Corbett Avenue home, authorities said.
The blaze does not appear to be related to four arson fires that broke
out within a 24-hour period in the Castro last week. The fire was in a
hillside neighborhood west of the Castro and north of Twin Peaks.