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Departments, Community Advocates Talk Fire Safety

In a small meeting among city agency directors and Mission neighborhood community leaders, department heads expressed hope for improving fire prevention and post-fire city response with the aid of recently approved legislation and funding. One key piece of legislation is a requirement that landlords of properties damaged by fires provide the city with an “action plan”  after the fire. In...
File photo of the Mission and 22nd street fire in 2015.

Civil Grand Jury Report: Fire Safety Inspections Fall Short

San Francisco’s Civil Grand Jury, a volunteer citizen oversight body, issued a report Thursday that found the Department of Building Inspections and Fire Department sometimes take too long to correct fire safety code violations. According to the Civil Grand Jury, a body of 19 volunteers who serve for a year before a new body is selected, buildings go uninspected for...
File photo: A fire escape that did not extend. Photo by Cristiano Valli

Building Inspection Study: Majority of Housing Code Violations Abated

The San Francisco Department of Building Inspections released a report today showing that the majority of housing code violations reported in the Mission District between 2014 and 2015 were corrected. Between July 2014 and June 2015, 215 notices were issued that cited some 1,564 code violations were in the building inspection district that covers the Mission District and parts of...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Housing Startup Managed SRO Damaged in Fire

Up until the five-alarm fire damaged the Graywood single room occupancy hotel and left 58 tenants without a place to live, the SRO was managed by a housing startup that matches roommates and manages co-living spaces for young professionals. Under its management, the Graywood’s tenants began to include tech workers and others able to pay up to $1,400 a month...
Some of the 58 tenants displaced by a fire at 29th and Mission Streets entered their buildings for the first time on June 20. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Displaced Residents Return to Homes Struck by Fire

Leaning against the doorway of his charred building on Monday, 15-year-old Diego Vasquez said he is coming to terms with the fact that “everything my father has worked for” is lost. “I don’t show my emotions,” said Vasquez, who lived at 33-37 29th St. with three members of his family and two friends before a five-alarm fire on Saturday destroyed...
Two buildings impacted by  June 18 fire at 29th and Mission streets.  Photo by Laura Waxmann

City Orders Demolitions, Investigates Causes After Mission St. Fire

San Francisco officials issued emergency orders to demolish two buildings, the former homes of Cole Hardware and Playa Azul restaurant as well as an estimated four residential units, following a five-alarm fire on Saturday that displaced 58 residents. San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson Lt. Jonathan Baxter also confirmed Monday that the fire originated at 3312-16 Mission St., the building that...
Photo courtesy Scott Antipa

Demolition at Mission and 22nd Causes Damage Next Door

Demolition of the fire-damaged building at Mission and 22nd streets has caused some damage to the foundation of 131-year-old building next door on 22nd Street that houses several businesses and apartments, 3224-3248 22nd Street. Since the city issued an emergency alteration order to demolish the burned building, a flurry of activity has removed nearly all of the structure except the basement...
Dan Hirsch and Andrea Valencia chat housing and fire safety on Listen Local. Photo by Laura Wenus.

Listen Local: Inside the Planning Commission

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly webcast at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. First on the agenda this week’s episode is an excerpt from a conversation recorded earlier with Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards, who invited us to his home to talk about what the Planning Commission can and can’t do,...
Captain John Darmanin of the Arson Task Force addresses questions from supervisors about fire frequency and causes. Photo by Laura Wenus

Hearing Demands: How Can We Prevent these Fires?

Lawmakers, officials and members of the public called for changes Thursday to make buildings safer and fire inspections more meaningful. Supervisor David Campos arranged for the City Hall hearing with the San Francisco Fire Department and the Department of Building Inspections in what he called “just the beginning” of an ongoing discussion about fires and building safety.  Campos listened to the data presented...
Non-boarded up windows at the building that caught fire last week. Photo by Daniel Mondragón.

Holes in Security at Fire-torn Building

Tenants from the building that caught fire last week have told Mission Local that despite promises from city officials, the building is not secure from potential thieves. While many of the building’s windows have been boarded up, a crucial few have not, and some tenants are concerned about their property. “My windows is not boarded up, and we keep hearing...
Residents of the building at 22nd and Mission look on at burnt building. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Mission Fire Tenants: There Were No Smoke Alarms

Disclosure: Mission Local was a commercial tenant for a year and half at the building discussed in this article. For many of the 65 residents who escaped the four-alarm fire that ripped through their homes at 22nd and Mission last week, the terrifying blaze seemed to come without warning. Suddenly, smoke, flames and screams filled the quiet hallways of their...