This image gives a pretty good idea of the utter devastation created by Wednesday night's fire. I would show you more, but I had to creep around a strip of Do Not Cross tape and poke my camera through a gap in the fence to grab this shot.
The scene was charred and perplexing, quiet and broken. Isn't it odd the way the roof now resembles the spine of a fallen dinosaur? What struck me most was the fact that this decimated structure is only about four feet from the historic Community building next door, yet the fire didn't jump across. Even more curious to me is the fact that the high winds of Wednesday afternoon had settled into stillness by the time this fire broke out. Small miracles and big questions ... I guess these things are part of any disaster.
I remain in awe of the firefighters who kept this from becoming a truly tragic inferno. To all of the fine, selfless public servants who protected the entire Mission West District with swiftness and skill: thank you, thank you, thank you! You are all deeply appreciated.