Tag Archives: fire

Artist marks burned SF Mission sites with poetic tribute

The sites of catastrophic fires that displaced dozens of residents and several businesses at 22nd and 29th streets along Mission Streethave been adorned with poetic signage. Alliteration-heavy poetry is printed on signs that look like an office notice from the city. By the first paragraph, however, it’s clear something subversive and non-bureaucratic is happening here: “This marsh was built by captain...

Young man robbed after giving directions

An 18-year-old man was robbed near the intersection of 16th and Mission streets early Thursday morning.  Police report that the man was standing on the southwest corner of the intersection at 2:11 a.m. when he was approached by a man estimated to be in his late 20s and a woman in her early 20s, who asked the 18-year-old for directions....

Elderly Man Robbed, 24th St. Public Bathroom Set Ablaze

A 72-year-old man was robbed while walking along 16th and Church streets at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday. According to police reports, who unidentified men approached the elderly man from behind and pushed him before stealing his back pack and wallet. The elderly man was not injured in the attack, and the suspects fled on foot, evading arrest. At 3 a.m....

Woman in Critical Condition After Valencia Gardens Closet Fire

One woman is in critical condition after a fire erupted inside a unit at a housing complex at 390 Valencia St. early Thursday morning. The woman suffered from smoke inhalation and was transported to San Francisco General Hospital sometime around 8:30 a.m. Firefighters responded around 7 a.m. to reports of a first-alarm fire inside a closet of a second story apartment at Valencia...

City Honors Local Merchant for Service to Community

Women’s Day came early for Eden Stein. On Tuesday, the curator and owner of Secession Art and Design was distinguished by the city with a total of six awards for her leadership in the burgeoning Mission Bernal Neighborhood. On Tuesday evening, after having returned from a day at City Hall, Stein stood inside her storefront at 3235 Mission St. at the...

Men’s Workwear Shop Closed Indefinitely After Overnight Blaze

An electrical fire that occurred five months ago has indefinitely shuttered the Valencia Street men’s workwear shop Arik’s. A sign that reads “store closed until further notice” behind a gated storefront hints at the store’s recent trouble, and the shop’s owner said he is unsure when operations will resume. Owner Avi Mandelbrot has operated the men’s apparel store out of its 1696 Valencia St. location...

Four-Story Building at Market St. Suffers Small Fire

One person was displaced and another is being treated for smoke inhalation after a one-alarm fire struck a four-story apartment building at 1751 Market St. on Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials responded to reports of a fire at the building, located at Valencia and Market streets, sometime around 1:35 p.m. By 1:48 p.m., the fire was reported contained. It is unclear how many people live in the...

Fire Strikes Harrison Street Apartment Building, Displaces One Tenant

Firefighters have subdued a small fire at a residential building at 2615-19 Harrison St., near 22nd Street. The fire broke out sometime around 4 p.m. on Monday, with no injuries reported and one resident displaced. It is unclear how many people live in the two-story, four-unit building, and fire officials on scene reported that the fire damage is limited to one room. The unit...

Fire-Torn SRO Gutted and Up for Sale, 3300 Club Ousted

The owner of the Graywood Hotel, a single-room occupancy hotel damaged by a June 2016 blaze that displaced more than 50 people, has put the building up for sale amidst extensive renovations. The commercial leases in the building are now terminated, while advocates for the residential tenants are working to ensure they exercise their right to return. “We just don’t...

Money Raised, Distribution Delayed After Ghost Ship Fire

A crowdfunding campaign launched by the Mission’s Gray Area Foundation for the Arts yielded $900,000 for the victims of the Ghost Ship fire that killed 36 people on December 2– but with the two-month anniversary of the fire coming up next week, those funds have yet to be distributed, according to the East Bay Express. The East Bay Express reported...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...