Out-of-control fire truck washes down street in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

photo by jordan parker


An out-of-control fire truck wreaked havoc on cars, trees and signs on Hoffman Street near San Francisco’s Noe Valley, the San Francisco Fire Department confirmed Saturday.

A vehicle from Firehouse 24 at the intersection of Hoffman and Alvarado streets was undergoing a morning inspection about 10:25 a.m. Friday when the air brake on the vehicle disengaged, a spokesman said. The truck rolled half a block, damaging six cars and, in turn, street signs and trees.

An out-of-control fire truck wreaked havoc on cars, trees and signs in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood.

An out-of-control fire truck wreaked havoc on cars, trees and signs in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood.

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Owners of damaged cars posted distressing notes about the incident on their windows. “Hello neighbors, our Prius was damaged by an out-of-control firetruck on Friday,” read one sign. “We are waiting for our insurance to tow the truck. SF refused to tow the truck.”

Another urged residents to respond. “The fire department around the corner did this and didn’t offer any help at all. If you’re upset about trees etc. please call the council or DPW.”

The owner of the damaged car posted painful notes on the window of the Noe Valley incident.

The owner of the damaged car posted painful notes on the window of the Noe Valley incident.

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The spokesman said there were no reports of injuries in the incident. The SFFD did not comment on whether it planned to compensate the owners for their losses.

Jordan Parker (he/he) is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: jordan.parker@sfchronicle.com. Twitter: @jparkerwrites.



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