Updated to include San Francisco Fire Department statistics on residential and commercial fires in San Francisco.
A series of fatal fires in San Francisco has prompted a Board of Supervisors committee hearing Monday, aimed at finding ways to install sprinklers in more of the city's older apartment buildings.
Both property owners and city officials acknowledge retrofitting older structures with sprinklers is likely to be difficult and costly, setting up a political battle over housing at a moment when the city is in the midst of a real estate crunch and increasingly focused on fire safety.
Since the beginning of the year, more than half a dozen blazes have killed four people throughout the city. Fire officials have said that at least one of the buildings involved in those fires did not have a sprinkler system on floors where residents lived.
A five-alarm fire last September destroyed a Mission Street dollar store -- a building that lacked sprinklers in the middle of a crowded shopping district.
Supervisor Jane Kim's district covers the Tenderloin, the neighborhood where one of this year's major blazes took place. She called for Monday's hearing of the Land Use Transportation Committee and is crafting an ordinance aimed at increasing the number of sprinklers in the city's older building stock.