Tag Archives: Fires

SF Mission crime: fire destroys parked car, man robbed at gunpoint

Police and fire officials responded to a call for service regarding a vehicle engulfed by flames near the intersection of 23rd and South Van Ness streets at 8 p.m. on Thursday. According to fire officials, the fire had originated in a box that was found next to the parked vehicle and had spread over, destroying the vehicle. Police have not...

Fire, empty buildings and the mystery of combustion

It was a busy night in San Francisco on June 24th: Pink Saturday was well underway and the Mission was packed with people. Some were listening to music at the Red Poppy Art House when firetrucks wailed south on Folsom Street, breaking the calm of the balmy evening. A fire alarm inside 2675 Folsom St., a vacant building across the...

Early morning fire displaces four from Mission District SRO

Firefighters responded to a one-alarm fire at 5:22 a.m. Monday morning inside a low-income SRO hotel on Mission Street between 16th and 17th streets. No injuries were reported, but four people were displaced. The fire began inside the top-floor room of the three-story Frances Hotel at 2084 Mission St. By 5:31 a.m., the fire was under control, according to social...

Developments in development: 29th Street fire

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. A year ago today, more than 50 tenants lost their homes in a fire that consumed several buildings and left others with serious damage at 29th and Mission streets. Here are a few updates on what has happened at those sites: First, Hillary Ronen...

Firefighters’ documentary of Gartland blaze offers history and tribute

Some San Franciscans remember a time when the corner of 16th and Valencia streets was a graveyard. Memorials filled the empty pit and the walls to commemorate the estimated 14 people (the final number is still unknown) who perished in a fire at the Gartland Hotel on the night/morning of December 12, 1975. Archival photos of the scene look eerily...

As time runs out for fire victims, supervisor proposes extended relief

More than two years since a fire at 22nd and Mission streets claimed one life and displaced dozens of tenants, Supervisor Hillary Ronen plans to propose legislation on Tuesday to extend assistance to displaced tenants. For some, their two-year relocation rentals will expire at the end of the month. Ronen’s proposal would extend the time period in which victims can...

Smell of smoke briefly shuts down a block of 16th Street

Reports of the smell of smoke inside a building on 16th Street near Valencia Street prompted firefighters to respond to the scene Saturday afternoon, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tom Siragusa. No fire was located in the building, however. 16th Street between Mission and Valencia streets remained cordoned off for some time after the incident, however, due to a minor collision between two...

Gray Area raised more than $1 million for Ghost Ship, hopes to wrap distribution soon

Having raised a total of $1,295,007 from some 12,000 donors, the Gray Area on Friday ended its fundraiser for victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse and arts space fire that struck in Oakland in December of last year. The organization intends to have all the money disbursed by the end of the month, according to a press release. Per its published...

Overnight fire at SRO displaces two

Firefighters contained a one-alarm blaze at the Mission Hotel on 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue around 2 a.m. Monday morning. The fire displaced two people, who are being helped by the Red Cross, but did not cause any injuries. Fire department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter said the department did not yet know the cause or origin of the fire, but...

Noe Valley fire sends disabled senior to hospital, displaces four

Four people are displaced, and two were sent to the hospital, after a fire in the top unit of a building at 119 Randall Street near Chenery Street. A disabled senior and her daughter were sent to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, one firefighter said. “[The senior] came out with burned soot all over her face,” said Battalion Six...

Oven Fire in SF Mission Quickly Contained

Firefighters quickly subdued an oven fire inside a building at 21st and Capp streets Wednesday evening, reporting it contained within nine minutes of their arrival. Nobody was injured in the fire, and nobody was displaced. The damage from the fire was minimal, a Fire Department spokesperson said. The fire had sent a plume of smoke into the air that could...

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...

Fire Consumes Woman’s Makeshift Shelter on 14th St.

A blaze of unknown origin on Tuesday afternoon consumed the plywood box home of a woman on 14th Street, causing no injuries but leaving the woman without shelter and many who live in an encampment around the corner worried about the aftermath. The fire started sometime around 3:30 p.m. in a sidewalk encampment behind Office Max at 1750 Harrison St. and across 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...

Small Fire on Dorland St. Leaves Man Critically Injured

A fire that broke out inside 255 Dorland Street just after 1 p.m. on Saturday sent one man to the hospital, and he remains in critical condition. When firefighters from Engine 7 found the resident of the room, he had no pulse. According to Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter, firefighters were able to get the man out of the building, and medics from Medic...