Tag Archives: Fires

Documentary chronicling deadly 1975 Mission District fire to screen at Roxie

A documentary made by firefighters reconstructing the history and narratives of the Gartland Fire, a 1975 blaze that killed more than a dozen people on 16th Street, will make its public debut Tuesday night. Michael Rustia, Ron Lewin, David Jebe and Adam Wood set out to use the stories of the firefighters who responded to that fire to tell the...

Fire breaks out at Mission District senior housing complex

Update 12/1/17: According to BRIDGE Housing, one of the nonprofits that manage the building, all residents were able to return to their apartments, with the exception of the resident of the damaged unit, who was relocated to a hotel. One additional resident (whose apartment is undamaged) requested and received temporary relocation due to the smoke smell. Repairs to the damaged...

Fire erupts and displaces 11 tenants from buildings on Shotwell St.

A two-alarm fire displaced 11 people Wednesday evening after engulfing one three-story building south of 24th Street on Shotwell and spreading to a second building next door. No one was injured. Greg, a witness, said that he saw four of the fire victims. “It’s gut-wrenching to see the emotion on their faces — total shock.” Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson for the San...

Insurer for Vida condos files suit against landlord of burned 22nd St. building

The landlord of the building at 22nd and Mission streets that was destroyed in a fire in 2015 has been sued by an insurance company for the adjacent Vida condo building. American Insurance Company alleges in its suit that Hawk Ling Lou, the property owner of 2578-2598 Mission Street, along with a land management company and a fire alarm company,...

Man lights motorcycle on fire in SF Mission

A 40-year-old man set a motorcycle on fire on 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue at around 6:25 p.m. Sunday. The man pushed a motorcycle onto the street, poured gasoline on the motorcycle, lit it on fire and ran away. No arrests have been made.  Shooting A 23-year-old transported himself to the hospital after he was shot by an...

Burned-out SF Mission tenants win $1 million settlement

Landlords of a building that burned down at 14th and Stevenson streets in 2014 are paying out more than $1 million to tenants who were displaced by the fire and subsequently evicted. The men who owned the 1441-1451 Stevenson St. warehouse at the time of the fire, identified in court documents as Albert Joshua and David Kimmel, have agreed to...

SF Firefighters return from grueling trip to fight Wine Country fires

San Francisco firefighters left in the early hours of Monday, Oct. 9 to help battle the fires that had broken out in Wine Country. They got their first breather on Thursday of that week. A week later, on Thursday, Oct. 19, they returned to Station 7 at 19th and Folsom streets, exhausted. “It’s humbling, it’s sad, it’s all of the...

Wine Country fire aid efforts in the Mission

If you know about any other neighborhood efforts to assist with disaster relief, please let us know and we’ll add them. SFGate has a general how-to-help list. Here’s a link to a Google Doc of needs and resources by Petaluma locals. Here’s a link to a Google Doc of donation collection sites and events in San Francisco and the East Bay....

Man robbed of car on SF’s Capp Street

Police report that two men, believed to be in their late 20s, robbed a 34-year-old man of his car using a knife. The incident unfolded on 22nd and Capp streets at 4 a.m. on Saturday. After the victim got into his car, the two suspects approached, threatened him with a knife and demanded the car. The victim turned it over,...

Rash of crimes, including homicide, strike SF Mission over the weekend

Homicide A 52-year-old man died from multiple stab wounds at around 1:53 a.m. on Saturday morning at Hampshire and Alameda streets, police report. The San Francisco Medical Examiner identified the man as Demetrius Moore, aged 52. People living in tents on Alameda Street remembered him by the name of “Meech” and said that he had been homeless.   He was transported...

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...

Community art addresses loss, healing after fire

Some 1,500 pieces of yellow and red plastic are sending a clear message to the Bernal-Mission community: home is community, and community is built on the people and stories that exist within it, past and present. Arranged to spell out the words “there is no place like…”, the pieces are attached to a fence that separates Mission Street from a...

Police report two robberies, fire on Fourth of July in SF Mission

A 38-year-old man was robbed in the early morning hours of July 4 near 15th and Folsom streets. At about 1:40 a.m., three men in their early 20s reportedly approached the victim and surrounded him. One of the suspects brandished a knife, while the others robbed the victim of his wallet and shoulder bag. The group of men then fled...

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...