Tag Archives: Fires

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...

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...

Displaced by Fire, 22nd St. Tenants’ Housing Future Still Uncertain

On the two-year anniversary of a fire at 22nd and Mission streets that killed one man and left more than 50 tenants homeless, few have received definitive word on what will happen to them. And for some, the deals that have kept them in temporary housing will expire in the next month or so. A city program that could help...

New Fire Safety Requirements for Landlords Kick In This Month

By the end of the month, landlords will be governed by new rules about fire safety signage that needs to be displayed inside the buildings they own, fire officials explained on Wednesday. Firefighters explained the new requirements to media and curious landlords in a building on Valencia Street where they had already installed the signs to demonstrate how it should...

Artists, Landlords Get Fire Safety Tips from City Officials

Fire Department members, a tenant lawyer, and Building Inspection officials on Tuesday night offered fire safety tips and encouraged tenants and landlords of live-work spaces to file complaints about safety concerns with the proper authority, be it the Department of Building Inspection, the Planning Department, or the Fire Department. “If you feel comfortable, report it,” said Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan...

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...

Artists Respond to Fire Safety Crackdown By Calling on the Fire Department

In the wake of the tragic fire in Oakland that claimed 36 lives and the city crackdowns that resulted, the founder of a Mission District arts space will bring together firefighters with managers of both underground and above-board arts spaces to help improve fire safety. Spike Kahn, a prominent housing activist who has also been active in a fire safety advocacy...

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...