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the fire chief tells us they are looking into the possibility it had something to do with the construction that was taking place today and keep in mind, those construction workers, they took off well before the fire was even reported. >> let's take a look at this time lapse video from one of our viewers. this is from jake's window. you can see flames roared and smoke billowed for a long time before firefighters got to work and the fire eventually started to burn itself out. >> the site that burned is the mission bay 360 project. it was supposed to be hundreds of luxury apartments plus retail space. from across the bay to around the world, the stories that matter on "kpix 5 news this morning." captions by: caption colorado comments@captioncolorado.com your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. the winds are howling around the bay area today some of the 20 and 30-mile-an-hour gusts even isolate 40-mile-per- hour winds. howling will they last? we'll talk about that coming up. >> and the metering lights were
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just turned on over at the bay bridge toll plaza. so delays are beginning to build now in the fastrak lanes. a number of high wind advisories, as well. more on your morning drive coming up. good morning. i'm frank mallicoat. >> i'm michelle griego. time now is 6:01. it's the biggest fire we have seen in years. a san francisco apartment complex goes up in flames and collapses right before our eyes. >> this morning, we have live team coverage. kiet do is at 4th and china basin where people living close to the construction site are still not allowed to go home. >> first we go to kpix 5 reporter anne makovec for the latest developments. firefighters are running into a new challenge this morning. reporter: one of the challenges is the wind. it is just whipping out here. sorry they are trying to make sure that the fire isn't able to basically reignite because of that there are still some hot spots burning here in the building behind me. this is at 4th and china basin where several streets are still closed down. we count 6 fire hoses still
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spraying water on this building as they have been for about 12 or actually 13 hours at this point. they are refueling gas in the riggs overnight. the fire department contracts with an independent company for that all a massive effort to keep the water flowing here in the mission bay neighborhood. it was reported just before 5 p.m. it spread very quickly flames shooting 40 feet into the air. it is a condo complex that is under construction and has been for several months. at this point, it was made largely of wood. at least the top floors were. and that is what went up like tinder making things even more difficult for firefighters about 150 of them began their attack as embers and large burning pieces of debris fell around the neighborhood. so firefighters had to move some of the resources to nearby buildings to make sure that other fires didn't break out. once the danger had passed there, firefighters had to worry about the original building collapsing.
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part of it did. >> you can see it is surrounded by a scaffolding system. the system while it does seem in intact it was damaged by heat and the structural integrity is marginal at this time. into how this all began is ongoing. there was construction going on at this building so firefighters are looking into the possibility that that might have had something to do with it but workers had already left for the day once this fire was reported. one firefighter was injured yesterday. he had burns to the face, but he actually kept going. he kept fighting the fire for a couple of hours after that point because it was all hands on deck here beginning at 5 p.m. all through the night. i'm anne makovec, kpix 5. >> it seems like the gusts are picking up right now. who is going to pay for all of this? >> reporter: the building's
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owner says it was fully insured. so he expects the insurance company will pay which is going to be a lot of money. >> all right. anne makovec live in san francisco, thank you. kpix 5 reporter kiet do is live with those people who were forced out of their homes during the fire and are still waiting to go back in. >> reporter: good morning. let me paint a picture of where we have right here. this is the southern edge of the fire. if you look up there, this fire is next to the strata apartment building that was damaged with embers and heat exposure and that ladder right there is just a couple of feet away from the building. that is how close the strata apartment building is to this actual fire scene. we have some footage we shot a few minutes ago that shows the front of the strata building. this has some glass that was broken out. firefighters had to gain entry to make sure that the building was empty there. the security guard says that people are being allowed back inside to the building and in
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fact some people have come early this morning. but a battalion chief we spoke with, with san francisco fire says that no people are not allowed back into the building so we are getting conflicting information here but take a look at what the scene was like last night. >> windows were shattered and smoky and hot and everything like that. >> it does make me nervous that it's this close by and i'm hoping the wind stays calm so that nothing jumps over this way. >> reporter: and so anne makovec talked about a lot of embers. we actually did see some flames pop back up again and with these winds there is a danger that this fire could pick up again. so they are still actively battling flame out here. the water is bouncing off the building on the strata apartment complex so if you are thinking about coming back home here, it's quite a scene out here. not sure how much rest you'll get if you come back home but if you decide to, don't make the entrance on china basin. the entrance is off mission rock. live at the scene, kiet do, kpix 5. and take a look at this
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video from one of our viewers. michelle was there right when the fire started. a few minutes later you can see the flames and smoke spreading in the building. just 13 minutes later, this view from down the street shows how intense the fire got. to give you more background on the property, this is the mission bay 360 project a $230 million development near at&t park and ucsf mission bay. it was supposed to be hundreds of apartments $360,000 the cost and retail space. they broke ground a year ago and the company doesn't know what started the fire but thanked the firefighters. this fire looked a lot like the massive santana row fire that happened almost 12 years ago. it's still the biggest fire in san jose's recorded history. the huge complex was under construction as well at the time. winds were so strong on that day, flying embers set fire to
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apartment buildings a mile south of the area. san jose firefighter who worked the santana row inferno back in 2002 says there's no way to quickly put out a fire this big. >> essentially any building that large under construction is like a big pile of kindling waiting to go up in flames. they will have a hard time figuringout how this one started. i don't think they ever figured out what started the santana row fire. it smoldered for weeks. it will go out when the into you will is gone. >> now santana row is one of the most popular entertainment and retail destinations here in the bay area. images from yesterday's fire are captivating. we have much more including more video of the building collapsing at kpix.com. so if you want to check it out, take a look right there. you can see how gusty how strong the winds and gusts are. >> it was incredible.
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>> really picking up. >> i know because that building was somewhat hollow it didn't have windows completed and it didn't have drywall all the way up and that wind just went through it. the fire just took off. let's check in with lawrence. >> the winds the big story today. 30 and 40-mile-an-hour gusts at golden gate bridge and sfo. so winds the main concern this morning. those gusty strong dry offshore winds could city some gusts to 45 miles per hour. then they begin to subside toward the afternoon. still beautiful conditions otherwise clear skies and some fairly mild temperatures 59 in san francisco. 55 in san jose and 59 in santa rosa. this afternoon the winds will calm down. the temperatures are going to be going up. 75 degrees in san jose 74 into oakland. let's check the roads with elizabeth. again be extra cautious for your morning commute, as well. if you are traveling southbound 880 this accident still there
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blocking one lane, it's coming into southbound 880 approaching lewelling. here's a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. traffic is stacked up to the west grand overcrossing. high wind advisories for the bay bridge and benicia bridge but it's windy everywhere and this tweet says from the national weather service some gusts up to 40 miles per hour as you cross the golden gate bridge. that's your latest "kcbs traffic." frank, michelle, back to you guys. >> all right, liz, thanks. developing this morning, malaysia is asking india now for help in the search for that missing boeing jetliner. it was headed from malaysia up to china to beijing when it vanished on saturday. but officials say it's possible it turned back from its last known position. so the search zone has now been expanded. malaysian and chinese officials met again today to talk about
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their search efforts. two u.s. navy destroyers are among dozens of vehicles trying to find the plane. s.w.a.t. team will take over six flags in vallejo for training. the exercise is for officers from solano county. details of the training are never revealed. but people in the area may hear gunshots or see smoke. the park staff will also participate to prepare themselves for a potential critical incident it. the training is hosted by the vallejo police department. a new report finds san francisco spent more than $165 million on homelessness in the latest fiscal year almost half of that for permanent supportive housing. $81million. another $27 million went for emergency shelters and transitional housing. the report says there are 3400 homeless people now without shelter. time is 6:10. as the building in san francisco burned yesterday afternoon, san francisco firefighters went face to face with the flames. coming up, what we learned
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about this firefighter taking on that inferno. >> 25 years ago the world was changed forever. the information system that was developed on this day in 1989. >> very windy now but by the afternoon, lots of sunshine and what a gorgeous day it's going to be. we'll talk about that coming up. >> and with the strong winds maybe you want to kickback and ride mass transit. so far everything is on time including bart systemwide no delays. we want to know what drives you crazy during your commute. ask a question or share a gripe by emailing crazy@kpix.com. or tweet me at #ewengerkpix and watch to see if your question gets answered on air. we'll be right back. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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still smoldering this morni. firefighters are still pourg water on what's left of the
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chopper 5 live over that san francisco building this morning that's still smoldering. firefighters still pouring water on what's left of the structure, caught fire yesterday afternoon. as we watched the building burn down, we saw a lot of one particular firefighter. that man right there, a san francisco firefighter several stories up on a hot ladder face to face with those raging flames and smoke. now, the department is not releasing his name. but we did track down the man who said he trained that firefighter and he is not surprised his student took the inferno head on. >> the type of firefighter that's hard-nosed, tough firefighter. in fact so tough, we used to have to slow him down at the division of training because very ambitious and wanting to always do over and above what's necessary. china basin fire is trending this morning. also trending now, malaysia airlines. more than 4 days since the
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plane vanished officials don't know where it is. world wide web. today is the web's birthday. it's been 25 years since the information management system was developed. starbucks is trending. the coffee company will soon let customers leave tips with this mobile payment app. and 3d oreos. fans at the south by southwest festival in austin, texas, are getting the chance to make and customize their very own oreos produced on a 3d printer using colored frosting. remember, you can follow us on twitter at #cbssf. time for traffic. i guess that fire is rerouting a little bit of traffic in the china basin. >> we have been seeing all the live shots from our reporters this morning and there's a number of fire crews still out there working to put out the remaining hot spots? so what's closed right now is both directions of 4th street between channel and mission bay boulevard. you will see police as well out there just kind of redirecting traffic. you can use 3rd, though, that has been open all morning so far from the start of our morning commute. here's a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza now.
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they switched on the metering lights about 15 minutes ago so you can see the delays now. they are building. they are building to the west grand overcrossing maybe even a little bit beyond that by now. but you'll latest notice the high wind. even our bay bridge cameras has been rocking back and forth. there is a high wind advisory for the bay bridge and benicia bridge. if you are traveling in the south bay, obviously not too many problems out there right now. a few slowdowns on northbound 101 between 280 and mckee. but for the most part through your downtown san jose stops, everything still moving at the speed limit. over the altamont pass, big delays once again from tracy through the livermore valley. it's just your usual delays. all right. that's your "kcbs traffic." more on your gusty forecast, here's lawrence. >> those winds whipping around the bay area this morning. 20 and 30-mile-an-hour gusts even a couple of 40-mile-an- hour gusts, as well. so the winds the big concern this morning. it's those offshore winds those dry winds that will crank up the temperatures and bring you lots of sunshine into the afternoon. out the door we go. we have some windy conditions
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this morning but that begins to calm down as we head throughout the day so by the afternoon, sunshine and warm temperatures all the way to the coastline. and even warmer weather expected over the weekend. high pressure building in right now and that's causing the gusty offshore winds that air sinking as it approaches the coastline and heating up. so yeah, looking at some beautiful weather and clear conditions all the way to the beach. around the state windy to start with. by the afternoon, we are looking at 78 degrees in sacramento. 72 into monterey bay and 77 degrees in fresno. gusty winds early on this morning. but in the latter part of the day starts to calm down and should make for a gentle breeze by the afternoon. but much calmer as we head in toward tonight. all right. around the bay today you will see temperatures very nice. 75 in san jose. 73 in palo alto and 68 degrees in half moon bay. 73 degrees in livermore. 73 in concord. and 71 in vallejo. inside the bay those temperatures running up into the 70s. 68 degrees in daly city. your sunrise time is at 7:25. sunset is at 7:14. over the next couple of days just slightly cooler a few
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patches of fog on thursday and friday coastside. otherwise, plenty of sunshine. and then heating up over the weekend. temperatures could reach the low 80s in the warmest spots, guys. nice weather ahead. >> yes, we love it. >> you know what else we love? >> we love spelling! >> i'm sure you do. you're perfect. >> this one is not going to stump you, either. i think you'll get this. kpix 5 is proud sponsor of the cbs bay area local spelling bee. so it's time for our word of the day. we have been doing this the last week and a half. and michelle, i believe out of the gate, is el perfecto. >> do i have to spell that? >> no, you do not. [ laughter ] >> your word, michelle, the word of the day is illuminati. >> i have known this. i-l-l--- no -- yeah -- u-m- u-m-
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your realtime captioner is linda macdonald. and chopper 5 live above what's left of that luxury apartment complex after a massive inferno reduced it to rubble and ash yesterday afternoon. the site still smoldering early this morning. >> strong gusty winds continuing to howl throughout the bay area. some of those gusts to 40 miles per hour. how long will that last? we'll talk about that coming up. >> and it's getting crowded right now over at the bay bridge toll plaza. the metering lights have been on for at least a half hour. we'll help you avoid the hot spots coming up. >> intense flames and thick, black smoke, it was a sight in san francisco few people could believe. an entire apartment complex under construction up in flames. kpix 5 reporter anne makovec is live in china basin where firefighters are still battling the massive fire that
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started more than 13 hours ago. >> reporter: they are dealing with these extreme wind gusts in the mission bay. the building is still standing. firefighters have been spraying water on it all night long. from this vantage point here at 4th and china basin, we see six hoses that have been spraying water consistently and we have seen a couple of flare-ups in the building as well this morning. a couple of walls around the back have already fallen down and the entire building is still in danger of clams. flames shot 40 feet into the air and burning debris fell blocks away. the thick smoke visible for miles as the fire engulfed this building under construction near mission bay. >> we're told the workers got off around 3:30 or 4:00 so it had about an hour to smolder and burn. when we got on scene, it was just in the incipient stages, not a big fire, but once it got going, it really took off. >> reporter: it was supposed to be a 360-unit apartment complex and at this point, it was made
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largely of wood, which acted like kindling once the fire began here on 4th street. some of the surrounding buildings were also under construction. the biggest challenge for firefighters, keeping it from catching on to the other buildings nearby. >> there's housing right here that's under construction. that was threatened at one point. but we applied what we call a water curtain to cool the buildings close by because with the radiant heat and the intensity of the flames, these buildings are vulnerable just like the buildings right across the street. >> reporter: well into the evening as firefighters poured water on to the crumbling structure, the twisted, melted frame became even more fragile and one firefighter was injured. he has burns on his face and he didn't even report that until hours into the job. >> they thought there was a fire on the roof area. he got a little burned up there you about he didn't cop to it until about 4 or 5 hours later. he got transported to the hospital with burns on his face and slight burns on his hands.
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>> reporter: back out here live now as the firefight continues this morning, we are going to get an update from city officials on how they are going to deal with the ongoing danger here coming up at about 7:00 this morning. so of course we'll keep you posted on cbssf.com. now, the cause of the fire still under investigation. firefighters are looking into the possibility of something to do with the ongoing construction. but the construction workers there had left about an hour before this fire was reported. live in san francisco's mission bay, anne makovec, kpix 5. >> that wind continues. okay, anne, thanks. here's what it looked like right next to the fire. it was tough to breathe as entire neighborhoods were engulfed with all that choking smoke. >> lawrence joins us now. strong winds are making it a challenging fire to fight. >> embers floating away from the fire scene, air quality a big concern. the good news is because of
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those winds we have a well mixed atmosphere. so it is dispersing the smoke somewhat. so the winds a concern today, though. they continue to howl outside around the bay area into san francisco northeasterly gusts even stronger than that. you're seeing it at sfo to 33 miles per hour. over the mountaintops we have seen some 40-mile-per-hour gusts. so howling winds around the bay area to begin the day. we have a wind advisory in effect until 8:00 this morning. after that, it looks like these winds will start to calm down a little bit and then the temperatures should be on the rise. looks like a beautiful day around the bay area. 55 in san jose and 59 in santa rosa. as we look toward the afternoon, expecting lots of sunshine those temperatures running up into the 60s near the coastline, some 70s in the bay and the valleys. all right. that's a look at weather. back to you. >> thank you, lawrence. the company behind the construction project is working to help determine what caused yesterday's big fire. the complex part of the mission
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bay 360 project. it is a $230 million development right near at&t park and ucsf mission bay. it was supposed to be hundreds of apartments selling at 6:30 thousand dollars plus some retail space down below. bre properties broke ground on the project a little less than a year ago. the company did thank the firefighters last night. kpix 5's kiet do is live with more on the evaluations evacuations in effect. >> reporter: some of the folks life slowly getting back to normal for them because this is the building that they live in right here. this is the strata apartment complex at 555 mission rock and if you look right there, thigh fire is next door. a lot of the embers flew over and contacted with the roof. a lot of heat melted some of the windows out here. the ladder truck there is literally just feet away from the building. so a lot of the people who have chosen to come back home this morning having to deal with that headache right now.
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here's what the scene look like last night. for at least a few hours, this is the only home a handful of evacuees have. >> i was able to get him. >> reporter: she got the dog but forced to leave her belongings behind when the strata, a high-rise, close to the fire was evacuated. windows were shattered and smoke over and hot. everything like that. >> reporter: the fire caused the building's scaffolding to collapse and rain down, a danger that firefighters said would mean tenants would not be able to reach their homes for hours. >> just because of all the danger of collapse and the scaffolding of the fire building itself, so they might not have access to the building. >> reporter: pierre watched across the street from his furniture store when the fire started. it started small but within moments -- >> i look out the window and i saw half the building engulfed with fire. >> reporter: the flames got so close that firefighters ordered pierre to leave the shop for his own safety. last he heard, his storefront had taken a hit. >> i have no idea what's going on. they won't let me back in. i hope it's okay.
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but last i heard, the window was blown out. >> reporter: dawn still wasn't sure she would be able to get home. her building half a block from the flames shut down its air- conditioning system to avoid fueling the wind whipped flames. >> it does make me nervous that it's this close. i'm hoping the wind stays calm so nothing jumps over this way. >> reporter: staying calm but keeping watch. >> i'm definitely going to have my shoes on and be ready to leave, you know, until i huher --until i hear that this thing is really out. i don't think i'll be sleeping anytime soon. >> reporter: if you live here at the strata and are watching from friends or families from their home, know that if you are going to come down here, you may want to come on foot to mission rock entrance. parking is dicey. there's broken glass because the firefighters had to force their way into the building. once you're here, the security guard will let you back inside
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the house. we will get some more updated information as a briefing is scheduled for 30 minutes from now. we'll get the latest then. live in san francisco, kiet do, kpix 5. >> we have much more including pictures and video at kpix.com. and the fire is still affecting san francisco roads. >> 4th street still closed down in both directions. you may have seen behind some of our reporters out there still a number of fire crews putting out the remaining hot spots. so it looks like it will be shut down for a while between channel and mission bay. you can get around this by using 3rd but expect some extra traffic through the morning drive. here's a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. certainly getting crowded. they turned on the metering lights around 6:00 so now you are stacked up just about to the foot of the maze. so a good 15 minutes maybe more to get you on to the bay bridge span. they also still have that high wind advisory in effect. if you are crossing the san mateo bridge you may notice overheadlights. they're out. they have been out so far for the morning commute.
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we have not seen any problems because of it. westbound 92 still moving okay out of hayward. but just a heads up there, drive time again 14 minutes between hayward and foster city. it's 6:39. a new card aims to replace all your credit cards and claims to be safer too. how a san francisco startup is looking to change the way you pay. >> and the market opened up about 10 minutes ago. take an early peek at the numbers. it was down yesterday and out of the gate it's not looking so good right now either. but kcbs radio's financial reporter jason brooks will crunch the numbers and more when we come back, stay with us. ,,
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those winds whipping around and yeah, they will be blowing around that pollen for today. in fact, the pollen count running very high as we get into the next few days.
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juniper, alder and ash the culprits. the obama administration says 4.2 million americans have signed up for health insurance under obamacare. but supporters don't think they will reach the 7 million sign- ups they hope to see this year. some insurance companies say one in five people who enrolled have not yet paid. california is leading all states with 869,000 enrollees in the first five months. you can't buy a new tesla in new jersey today. >> you can't. and it didn't help the stock yesterday. hearhere's kcbs radio's financial reporter jason brooks. >> reporter: tesla banned from selling cars in its direct to consumer approach in new jersey after motor vehicle officials in that state passed a new law requiring that tesla huhs to sell through third party -- has to sell through third party dealers. they join arizona and texas in doing so. tesla has been successful in court battles in several other
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states in being able to continuous direct to consumer approach which is unique in the automotive industry. it's won cases in new york, massachusetts and in minnesota. investors don't seem to mind the news. tesla shares are up by 1%. target is continuing to deal with its massive data breach over the holidays. foot traffic has fallen in its stores and its penetration of u.s. households fell to 33% in january from 43% a year ago even authorize pronounced among generation xers. down to 38% visiting the store in january compared to 53% a year earlier. target shares are falling on that news. stock market off to a rough start this morning. let's check the big board. the dow down 70. nasdaq down 30. s&p down 11. michelle and frank, back to you. >> all right, jason brooks from kcbs news, thank you. a new startup is trying to help you lighten up your wallet a little bit by condensing your
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plastic cards into one. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is in the newsroom with more details on the coin app. >> reporter: the product does more than just lighten your we'll let. in a tech world susceptible to hackers it could lighten secure woes. coin app is getting a lot of talk and it's not out on the market yet. >> reporter: creators of coin in san francisco say the overstuffed bill fold is a thing of the past. >> i wanted to create something that we were all able to use daily and actually did something to improve our lives even a little bit. >> reporter: he has been in the business of paying for years. he started as an employee at paypal before branching out to try to find new ways for people to pay in the digital way. a few startups later, he he developed "coin." >> you can swipe it just like any other card. >> reporter: the card-sized device can hold up to eight credit, debit and gifts cards and you can switch between them with the click of a button. through the app you can add cards by taking a photo of them and swiping them through a square device.
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>> we are taking something that's analog meaning a magnetic strip which is what is designed in the '60s and we're making it digital. so we are bringing the power of new technology to an old system. >> reporter: you won't see these out in the streets just yet. the company is about to start its beta testing of the product. the buzz over it flooded social media sites and caught the eye of investors. it racked up $50,000 worth of preorders in the first 40 minutes. >> the pressure because we want to deliver on the expectations. we want to make an incredible product aimed towards you the person using it so that, you know, as you use it, your life improves and your life is simplified. >> reporter: it isn't the only product like it on the market. boston-based loop is doing the same thing using a key fob or smartphone case to hold card information. it works by placing the fob or case near a card swiper to pay. products like these revolutionizing the commerce space. >> all we are trying to do is put it in a phase where we handle it a little better and more secure a little more convenience.
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>> the app creator goes as far as to say that "coin" is safer than a credit card. for example, if your card is skimmed by hacker you might not notice that you have a notice that you have a charge for weeks even months later. coin, however, takes down data every time the card is swiped. so even if there is no transaction, it gives you the ability to track the attempts of identity theft seconds after that illegal swipe. frank? >> but you got to have your phone with you so what happens if your battery dies or what if you forget it? >> reporter: that is one of the major criticisms of the product and because it happens we leave our phones or the battery dies but they plan to put in a password so you can activate it without your phone should that happen. >> and when will these be out? >> reporter: we know that beta testing is here in san francisco first. they are going to select about 50 to 100 of the preorder customers to test it and it's expected to be out on the market by thi summer.
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>> thank you. sounds good. cate, thanks. 6:47. a check of traffic now. liz, what have you got? >> winds are the biggest traffic story now. we're not seeing any huge accidents to slow you down but our cameras are kind of shaking back and forth with some of the gusty conditions. we have seen a number of reports of trees down as well in some cities and side streets. if you are traveling northbound 880, that's what you're looking at right now near the oakland coliseum. everything is still looking okay though no reports of any delays and you can see the drive time still okay as you head out towards the downtown oakland exits. right now we'll go flying overhead westbound 580 very slow once again. you can see it continuing all the way into the livermore valley. the heaviest traffic is from 205 to vasco. and then things improve a little bit you see green popping up towards the dublin interchange. so drive time now is about a half hour pretty typical on westbound 580 between the altamont pass and 680. by the way, once you get through the dublin grade, everything looks pretty good. here's a live look at some of our sensors now in the south bay. nothing unusual, no big
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accidents to really slow you down. northbound 101 a little sluggish, a few brake lights as you approach capitol expressway to mckee 280 through downtown san jose. so look at this. we are seeing some red sensors through concord southbound 680 heading into walnut creek. remember kcbs when you hit the roads at 106.9 fm or 740-am. that's your latest traffic. more on your gusty forecast, here's lawrence. yeah. those winds really howling around the bay area this morning. if you are just getting up and headed out the door, we have seen some very strong gusty winds overnight. some of those gusts as high as 40 miles an hour. right now we are still seeing some northeast gusts at 17 in mountain view to 18 in san francisco. 33 at sfo. they had a 40-mile-an-hour gust there the last hour, 23 miles per hour in fairfield and 22 in vallejo. so you get the idea it's a gusty start to the day but those winds are also going to be what causes all the beautiful weather by the afternoon. it's going to start to calm down the latter part of the day. you will see lots of sunshine all the way to the coastline. and some very nice temperatures running well above the average. high pressure building in now with those offshore winds. we'll crank up the winds in the
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mid-70s in some spots in the south bay. and you're looking at about 75 degrees in san jose. 73 in milpitas. 74 in mountain view. 68 degrees a beautiful day in half moon bay and sunshine there. 72 in pleasanton. 73 in concord. and 72 in benicia. as you look to the north bay, 74 degrees in santa rosa. and 71 in san francisco. 68 in daly city. next couple of days, we have plenty of sunshine coming our way and some nice weather too. in fact, staying very nice right on in through the weekend. some of those temperatures should be running up into the 80s on saturday and sunday. that's a look at weather, guys. back to you. all right, lawrence. thank you. time now for a look at what's coming up later on "cbs this morning." and gayle king joins us live from new york on this wednesday. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. good to see you. ahead clarissa ward is on a boat in malaysia where the search for flight 370 is expanding. why investigators are taking a closer look at the pilots today plus captain sully sullenberger
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is in studio this morning with the emotional and physical stresses on flying a plane especially on an international red eye flight. and we'll introduce you to the mastermind behind oakland-based pandora. how he became one of the most powerful people in music. the news is back in the morning. we'll see you at 7:00. frank and michelle, back to you two. >> all right, thank you. time now for kpix 5's roberta gonzales out in some mighty breezy conditions. mobile weather lab, roberta. >> wind was a big concern for yesterday's fire. you can tell that it's still windy out there. >> reporter: frank and michelle, yes. in the overnight hours, we had wind gusts up to 53 miles per hour right here in dublin in the eastern portion of the bay area. weather a concern fighting the china basin fire yesterday. so this morning i called on earlier chief of special operations at the alameda county fire department and here's what he had to say. when you saw that huge plume of
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smoke over china basin yesterday, five-alarm fire, what were your immediate concerns? was it the wind? >> well, it was undoubtedly a large fire even for san francisco. there wasn't much wind yesterday. but place it in a high wind situation and it would be different. >> reporter: those winds were at 8 miles per hour yesterday but as the evening progressed we saw winds up to 22 miles per hour right here in dublin up to 58-mile-per-hour winds. as we're entering the weekend with unseasonably warm conditions, what are your immediate thoughts? >> well, our message out to the public is the same as always. we recommend good work practices when operating tools and equipment that might generate heat or sparks or open flames things like compressors, generators, cutting tools, general construction tools. what is different, however, is our message about choosing to use them at that particular time. and as the temperatures climb this weekend and it gets warmer and the winds come up if that work can be deferred to a
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better time, that's really our message. >> reporter: and as the sun comes up here in the east bay this morning, we are entering an extremely dry weather pattern. if you want more information on unseasonably warm conditions visit us online at kpix5.com/weather. reporting from dublin with mobile weather, roberta gonzales, kpix 5. i'm kiet do live at the china basin fire. evacuees still facing a lot of headaches out here on the scene. we have a live report coming up. >> reporter: i'm anne makovec. we have been watching that fire flare up overnight as firefighters continue to pour water on the building to make sure this fire is out and that the building -- it may still collapse. a live report next. ,,,,
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officers on a high speed chase... after a carjackinga gas ion... these are breaking news at of colorado. a man is leading officers on a high-speed chase after a carjacking at a gas station. these are live pictures. pursuit. this is near denver. the car he is in right now, uhm, is being shown from this live picture from the helicopter. the car, uhm, the suspect stole and he is headed on this highway, again, this is a pursuit and the police cars are not too far behind him. >> hm. well, a massive fire that began 14 hours ago is still developing this morning. >> we have team coverage for you this morning at the scene in san francisco. we'll get kiet do in a moment, first anne makovec kicks it off with the very latest on the fire. anne. >> reporter: we have been watching that fire flare up on the interior of this building here in mission bay a couple of times this morning.
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this is about 14 hours after the fire began. they are contained to the interior. around the back some of the walls have collapsed. the whole building is still in danger of collapse. these fire trucks have been here for so long, they've contracted with an outside company to bring in gasoline to make sure the trucks are running and keeping the water flowing and that fire at bay. that fire was reported just before 5:00 last night. it spread quickly. flames shooting 40 feet into the air. it was a condo complex under construction. so it was mainly made of wood at this point. that is why it was able to catch fire and go up so quickly. live in of is, anne makovec, kpix 5. -- live in san francisco, anne makovec, kpix 5. i'm kiet do next to the strata apartment building evacuated last night because of heat damage. a lot of the residents now being allowed back into their homes according to a security guard. if they come here they have to
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deal with headaches of the firefighting effort as they spray water on the building. check out what it looked like last night. >> windows were shattered and yeah, smoky and hot and everything like that. >> it does make me nervous that it's this close by. i'm hoping that the wind stays calm so that nothing jumps over this way. >> reporter: and we are getting a briefing in about 20 minutes here. live in san francisco, kiet do, kpix 5. and a check of "kcbs traffic," we just saw this tweet from muni saying the t- 3rd line is all clear. they are offering regular service today even though 4th street is shut down in that china basin neighborhood between channel and mission bay. use 3rd instead. very gusty winds around the bay area but wind-swept skies looking pretty outside gusts to 40 miles per hour so far. this afternoon, boy, beautiful to the beach. 60s and 70s. next couple of days gorgeous weather even warmer over the weekend. >> love it. >> not bad. >> thanks for watching kpix 5 news this morning. remember kcbs when you hit the roads at 106.9 fm or 740-am.
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-- remember your next local update is 7:26. >> "cbs this morning" is coming up next. ning funded by cbs good morning to our viewers in the west. it's wednesday, march 12th, 2014. welcome to "cbs this morning." confusion grows in the disappearance of flight 370. clarissa ward is on the water off malaysia. plus, a new focus on the pilots. the cia rocked by accusations from california senator dianne feinstein. did the agency violate the constitution to spy on congress? and we'll take you to the u.s. city in so much trouble it could be wiped off the map. but we begin with a look at today's "eye-opener, your world in 90 seconds." >> authorities admit they don't know which way the plane was going when it vanished with 239 people on board. >> confusion clouds the search for flight 370. >> senior airline

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