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Details emerge in fire that killed San Francisco firefighter

Another firefighter Anthony Valerio, 53, was in critical condition Friday night at San Francisco General Hospital

Editor's note: Hours after this story was published, Firefighter Anthony "Tony" Valerio became the second firefighter to die as a result of the fire.

The San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO — Fire commanders at the scene of Thursday's house blaze in San Francisco's Diamond Heights desperately sought to find a crew of firefighters when they became separated from their colleagues, but couldn't locate them before two of them were enveloped in a superheated flareup, radio logs and dispatch recordings show.

The fire at 133 Berkeley Way began about 10:44 a.m., apparently when an electrical outlet sparked and ignited curtains in the ground-level living room of the four-story home, one of the occupants of the home told dispatchers. The woman and three children in the home at the time escaped unharmed.

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