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The building at 2826 21st St. where a one-alarm fire struck a front bedroom on Friday, January 6, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

One-Alarm Fire Strikes 21st Street Apartment Building

A one-alarm fire broke out in a 21st Street apartment building on Friday afternoon, but was extinguished by firefighters within 10 minutes with no injuries reported. The fire started in the second-story unit at 2826 21st St. between Alabama and Florida streets just after 12 p.m., according to Assistant Chief Bill Storti, who was at the scene. Storti said a fire...
Amos Howard, a homeless U.S. Army veteran, stands amid the charred remnants of his tent camp near 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Homeless Man Without Shelter After Tent Blaze, Possibly Arson

A homeless man is without shelter as rain storms sweep the Bay Area, after his tent caught fire early Tuesday morning in a possible case of arson. Amos Howard, a U.S. Army veteran who has been living in a tent outside a church at 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, said he suspects two men set fire to his...
Gabriel Medina, policy director at the Mission Economic Development Agency, proposes housing solutions for tenants displaced by two major Mission fires. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Uncertainty Lingers for Mission Fire Victims as City Aid Runs Out

Tenants displaced by two major Mission fires gathered at the Brava Theater on Saturday for a holiday dinner, sponsored by community donations, and to discuss new housing solutions. Many of the low-income tenants and families suffered devastating losses after the fires, and most are still in need of permanent housing – some of them urgently so. Over a warm buffet...
Michelle Thompson, pictured with her dog, has been homeless since displaced by the Mission and 29th Street fire in June. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City’s Housing Offers Not Cutting It for Homeless Fire Victim

A former go-go dancer and taxicab robber who had hoped to start life afresh at the Graywood Hotel is the last tenant displaced by the June fire who remains on the streets. Michelle Thompson’s story demonstrates how difficult it is to place some clients who resist housing because of what they have to leave behind: their personal belongings, friends and...
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El Rio to Host Fundraiser in Honor of Oakland Fire Victims

A fundraiser to benefit the families of the victims of the Ghost Ship Oakland fire on Friday will be held at El Rio, located at 3158 Mission St., on December 7. The show will feature a variety of DJs and bands with a sliding scale $5 cover charge at the door – with all proceeds and donations going to the Fire...
Kimberley Walley, displaced from the Graywood hotel at 3308 Mission St. by a five-alarm fire, stands in front of the 16th and Shotwell street tent encampment where she most recently lived. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Two Fire Victims End Months of Homelessness, But a Third Remains Unhoused

Since a five-alarm fire in June displaced Kimberly Walley and her husband, Henry Texada, from the single room occupancy hotel where they had been living for some five years, the couple had fallen on hard times, seemingly unplaceable by officials who had promised to find homes for all of those displaced in the fire. But on Thursday, Walley stood in...
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Eat, Drink, and Shop for Mission Bernal Fire Relief

Four months after the fire that wiped out several businesses along the Mission Street corridor near 29th Street, the businesses are still trying to get back on their feet – and invite neighbors to come indulge to support them. Secession Art & Design, Coronitas Bar and Grill, and Old Devil Moon are each hosting fundraisers for the Mission Bernal Merchant Fire...
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Two-Alarm Fire Breaks Out in Potrero Hill

A fire broke out on the top floor of a residential-over-commercial building in Potrero Hill on Wednesday afternoon, though it was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. The two-alarm fire struck 2212 19th St. near Vermont Street at around 2:45 p.m., according to Jonathan Baxter, the Fire Department spokesperson. “Fire was visible and active from the top floor and roof,” he...
Kimberley Walley stands in front of the tent she shares with her husband, Henry Texada, after the couple was displaced from their SRO room following a June 18 fire. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Fire Victims, Told to Find Housing by City, Now Homeless

Despite promises from city leaders that the 58 tenants displaced by the fire at 29th and Mission streets would be housed, at least two tenants from the Graywood Hotel, which was ravaged by a five-alarm fire in June, are again homeless and living in a tent on 16th Street near Folsom Street. “The mayor said that none of us was gonna go...
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Man in Car Shot Four Times in SF Mission

A man suffering from four gunshot wounds was transported to the hospital in non-life threatening condition Wednesday morning. Police report that the shooting occurred at 4:17 a.m. near the intersection of 16th and Shotwell streets, where the 39-year-old victim had been sitting in his car when an unidentified man walked up to the driver side and fired approximately six shots, hitting the victim a total of four times....
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...
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Mission Supervisor Aims for Higher Safety Standards With Fire Legislation

Mission Supervisor David Campos introduced amendments to the city’s fire, building and housing codes on Thursday morning that he said could not only help prevent fires, but ensure that low-income tenants aren’t permanently displaced by them. Campos’s proposal would mandate that landlords prove that their annual inspections of fire alarms are up to date and that records are made publically...