Buchanan YMCA in S.F.’s J-Town set on fire

SET ABLAZE ­— The Buchanan YMCA just outside of San Francisco’s Japantown caught fire Nov. 27. photo by Rich Hashimoto

The Buchanan YMCA caught fire during the afternoon of Nov. 27. According to the San Francisco Fire Department, the fire damaged the exterior of the building and two floors inside.

Danielle Jones, director of public relations and communication for the YMCA of San Francisco, said the structure and interior of the building itself sustained minor damage and that the YMCA will continue to hold its programs from that location.

Jones added the building was closed and unoccupied during the fire and no injuries were reported.

The fire burned the northern wall of the building, blackening the white exterior of the former Japanese YMCA built in 1936.

According to Rich Hashimoto, a board member of the Buchanan YMCA, someone lit garbage bins on fire outside the building. The organization has forwarded security footage from the incident to the San Francisco Police

Department and an investigation is ongoing at this time.

The Buchanan YMCA is located at 1530 Buchanan St.

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