By Ted Goldberg
The San Francisco Fire Department has issued two safety citations against a construction company that has done work on dozens of development projects around the region.
Build Group, which describes itself as a "leading force in the Bay Area construction industry," removed sprinkler systems at two building sites in San Francisco after being told by the fire department to keep the systems in place, according to a fire official.
The company is facing a $1,000 fine for removing "life safety systems" in the former Renoir Hotel, a building at 45 McAllister St. that is under renovation. The hotel was badly damaged in a three-alarm fire on Aug. 4, and eight workers involved in the work that day were injured. The fire closed nearby Market Street and sent smoke plumes around the city.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, they noticed that the sprinkler systems were removed, said San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge.