A small fire broke out around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday inside a 10-unit building on Cypress Alley near 24th Street. The fire caused no injuries, but did enough damage to the building that a handful of residents will not be able to return.
Division Chief Kirk Richardson said one person was displaced from the damaged unit, but couldn’t confirm the total number of displaced tenants with certainty. The remaining units still have electrical service, and tenants could return if they wanted to, Richardson said.
The fire originated in a room on the second floor of the building, said Battalion Chief Ray Guzman, and is now under investigation.
Melissa Moore, a Folsom Street resident, lamented the frequency of fires in the neighborhood.
“I feel like there’s a fire every month now. It’s so unfortunate that the people who are being displaced are the ones who can least afford it,” she said.
Edwin Ayala, who works at a store around the corner, said he was worried for a friend who lives in the building, who recently suffered a car accident and is immobile. He was relieved to hear there were no injuries, and hoped his friend’s unit was unaffected.
— Laura Waxmann (@laura_waxee) March 16, 2016