Frightening time-lapse shows how San Francisco’s Mission Bay dodged a fiery bullet on Tuesday


posted Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 7:58 AM EDT


If you've been paying attention to US news, you'll likely have heard about Tuesday's five-alarm fire in San Francisco, just minutes away from the city's financial district -- not to mention its tourist heart. San Francisco is a city well-acquainted with the perils of fire, having been nearly wiped off the map by the infernos that raged after the 1906 earthquake, and although Tuesday's fire continues to smolder, around 150 of the city's firefighters have done a commendable job taming it.

Their battle against the flames is captured in an impressive (and rather scary) time-lapse video from Sacramento-based freelance video production specialist Jake Durrett, which you'll find embedded below. According to local news, the fire actually started to spread to the rooftops of surrounding properties, and Durrett's video really brings home how this story could have had a very different ending.

Time-lapse video of Tuesday's five-alarm fire in Mission Bay, San Francisco.

To all the firefighters out there who put their lives on the line to defend the rest of us, mere words cannot express our gratitude. Thank you for doing what you do, and for all the lives you've saved doing it.

(via Nackblog)