A San Francisco Fire Department investigation of a blaze that killed two members of a Mission District family last March has found their three-bedroom apartment lacked smoke detectors.
Investigators' report on the incident (embedded below) was released Friday and recounts how firefighters rescued all five members of a family living in a second-floor unit above a liquor store at 24th Street and Treat Avenue.
The family's father, Mohamed Shaibi, 38, and his 13-year-old daughter, Amal, later died of smoke inhalation. Shaibi's wife and two sons were hospitalized but survived.
One of the couple's children, identified only as "Witness 7" in the report, told investigators he was asleep on the bottom bunk in a bedroom he shared with his younger siblings. When he awoke, he said, he could see smoke and hear his parents shouting that there was a fire and warning the children, "Do not come out this way!"
As the bedroom filled with smoke, the witness said, he handed one of his younger siblings -- apparently a 6-year-old boy -- to a firefighter on a ladder at one of the bedroom's windows. In the meantime, though, his other sibling -- apparently Amal -- had vanished.