From the San Francisco Examiner--Published on Monday, April 12, 2004

Man dies in Sea Cliff fire
Firefighter hurt in blaze that causes $1M damage.

A firefighter was injured and a man killed Saturday at a Sea Cliff residence in the second fatal fire since Wednesday.

Son Ken Tsumori, 43, was killed in the blaze, which started in the kitchen. Medical examiners planned to work on positive identification today. The cause of the fire, put out at about 3:50 a.m., was unknown.

Approximately 75 firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze at 245 29th Ave. at 3:30 a.m., where Himeo Tsumori was using a garden hose on the fire. His wife, Lumi Tsumori, was unconscious. The husband and wife were taken to St. Mary's Medical Center for smoke inhalation treatment.

"I'm sure the medical examiner and the fire investigators will be getting together and putting a report together this week," fire Capt. Pete Howes said.

One firefighter fell through the roof of the two-story home and was treated at San Francisco General Hospital for a leg injury and released. Fire officials estimated the damage to the home at $500,000 and damage to its contents at $200,000. The fire also did approximately $300,000 in damage to a neighboring home and its contents. The neighbors were away during the blaze.

The Sea Cliff fire follows a fatal fire on Nob Hill early Wednesday that claimed the lives of two elderly Korean sisters who were recently subject to an arson attempt.

The victims -- Judy Suh, 70, and Marsha Suh, 64 -- died when a three-alarm fire ravaged a building of Victorian flats at 1437 Hyde St. and caused damage at adjoining properties 1435 and 1439 Hyde St.

More than 100 firefighters responded to the three-alarm blaze. One resident was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and two firefighters received minor injuries.

Wednesday's fire -- called "suspicious" by Fire Battalion Chief Mike Morris -- is also under investigation.