Tag Archives: Fires

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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...
Firefighters demonstrate proper extinguisher use on a simulated fire

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...
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...
Debra Walker in her art studio at Developing Environments. She lives in the adjoining unit. Photo by Brian Rinker.

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...
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...
File photo of the Mission and 22nd street fire in 2015.

Family of Man Killed in 22nd St. Fire Sues Landlord

Family members of Mauricio Orellana, a 38-year-old man killed in the January 28, 2015 fire at 22nd and Mission streets that displaced dozens of businesses and more than 60 tenants, have brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the property’s owner and management company. In the suit, filed in November by Orellana’s cousin Fernando Artiga on behalf of Orellana’s six siblings,...
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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Serial Trash Can Arson Suspect Arrested in SF Mission

Mission Station police officers have arrested a 41-year-old man, Michael Boyle, in connection with a string of trash can fires and other arson incidents in the Mission and SoMa, according to an SFPD statement. The 11 fires, which occurred between late October and mid-November, were mostly set in sidewalk trash cans, though in one case, a fire was set inside the lobby...
Photo by Christopher Jewett

SF Mission Responds to Oakland’s Ghost Ship Fire

The arts community was hit hard by a fire in a converted Oakland artist live-work space known as the Ghost Ship that killed 24 on Friday, and some in the Mission have mobilized to give money, a couch to sleep on and other support to those affected. Gray Area, a theater and arts and education space, wrote online that some...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Battery Explodes, Starts Fire in One Unit in SF Mission

Firefighters quickly controlled a small blaze inside a top floor apartment in a multi-story residential building on Folsom Street near 24th Street Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported and firefighters indicated nobody would be displaced. One firefighter on the scene said the apparent cause was an overheated battery for an electric bicycle, though he did not know how the overheating occurred. A tenant...
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Shots Fired on Folsom, Trash Can Fires on Valencia

Shots were fired just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, police report, at 19th and Folsom streets. When officers arrived, they located several casings but no victim. One man who works nearby said the shots were fired from a car – police report two vehicles may have been involved, a silver sedan and a black sedan. “A lot of pops went down the street,”...
The fire at 157 Prospect Ave. in Bernal Heights on September 23, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros

Two-Alarm Fire on Prospect in Bernal

Firefighters have subdued a a two-alarm fire at 157 Prospect Avenue on Bernal Hill between Esmeralda and Virginia that broke out at 8:37 a.m., displacing eight tenants and injuring one firefighter. The firefighter was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with a gash in his head in and is reported to be in non-life threatening condition. San Francisco Fire Department Division Chief Kevin...
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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...
The aftermath of the fire that claimed two lives in March 2015. Photo by Andrea Valencia

Local Firefighters Commended for Rescue Effort at Deadly Blaze

Firefighters from a Mission District fire station has been awarded the highest level group “valor award” from a firefighting periodical, Firehouse Magazine, for their efforts in rescuing victims of a deadly early-morning fire at 24th and Treat streets in March 2015. At 4:30 a.m., the family dwelling above a corner store the Shaibi family ran became engulfed in flame and...
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...