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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...
File photo: A BART train approaches the 24th and Mission Station.

Firefighters Rescue Man Trapped Between BART Car and Platform

Firefighters had to rescue a man who had become trapped between a BART car and the platform Wednesday night. Around 6:30 p.m., the first responders found the man pinned and only semi-conscious. By 6:44 p.m., firefighters reported the man had been extracted and was being transported to a hospital trauma center in serious condition. ABC7 reports firefighters used inflatable airbags to...
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Departments, Community Advocates Talk Fire Safety

In a small meeting among city agency directors and Mission neighborhood community leaders, department heads expressed hope for improving fire prevention and post-fire city response with the aid of recently approved legislation and funding. One key piece of legislation is a requirement that landlords of properties damaged by fires provide the city with an “action plan”  after the fire. In...
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Supervisors Approve Tenant Protections Against Fires

San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved three proposals aimed at protecting renters from the repercussions of structure fires by prioritizing them for affordable housing and requiring landlords to provide more information to tenants and to the city. All three pieces of legislation were passed on first reading unanimously and will become law after another Board of Supervisors vote and...
File photo of the Mission and 22nd street fire in 2015.

Civil Grand Jury Report: Fire Safety Inspections Fall Short

San Francisco’s Civil Grand Jury, a volunteer citizen oversight body, issued a report Thursday that found the Department of Building Inspections and Fire Department sometimes take too long to correct fire safety code violations. According to the Civil Grand Jury, a body of 19 volunteers who serve for a year before a new body is selected, buildings go uninspected for...
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Mission’s Historic Fire Truck on View

The firefighters of SFFD Station #7 at Folsom and 17th Streets brought out their historic truck – a 1935/36 Mack Truck – for their 150th anniversary and it will be on view today,  the 110th year since the great 1906 earthquake. The truck’s bell was hand-cast and the ladders hand-made in San Francisco. The Fire Department’s  ladders are still hand-made here in SF....
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Fire Breaks Out at Senior Home in SF Mission’s Shotwell and 20th

A two-alarm fire that broke out 11:06 p.m. at 628 Shotwell Street and jumped to a neighboring building was extinguished by 12:23 a.m. late Monday night, a fire department spokesperson said. The fire burnt out the top floor of 628 Shotwell St., which is a residential care facility for the elderly, and damaged the exterior wall of 634 Shotwell St. next door, but no...
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Two-Alarm Fire Breaks out at 26th and Bartlett

Shortly before 1 p.m. a two-alarm fire broke out on Bartlett Street between 26th and Cesar Chavez. The two-story building that caught fire housed nine people, all of whom are now displaced as the building is damaged beyond habitability, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tom Siragusa. Firefighters were able to control the fire by about 1:15 p.m., and no one was injured....
Captain John Darmanin of the Arson Task Force addresses questions from supervisors about fire frequency and causes. Photo by Laura Wenus

Hearing Demands: How Can We Prevent these Fires?

Lawmakers, officials and members of the public called for changes Thursday to make buildings safer and fire inspections more meaningful. Supervisor David Campos arranged for the City Hall hearing with the San Francisco Fire Department and the Department of Building Inspections in what he called “just the beginning” of an ongoing discussion about fires and building safety.  Campos listened to the data presented...
Building effected by fire Wednesday morning. Image via Google Street View.

Fire on Treat Sends 5 to Hospital

A two-alarm fire broke out at a mixed-use building early this morning at Treat and 24th Street. Five people from a single family have been transported to the hospital and media outlets are reporting that at least two of them are in critical condition. Here’s more from KRON: A 2-alarm fire has been reported at 24th and Treat Street in...
24th blocked off between Valencia and Mission Streets.

Bomb-Like Device Turned Out to Be a Hoax

Police reported at 11:30 p.m. Friday that the suspicious device found at  23rd and Bartlett looked like a bomb, but turned out to be a hoax. “It appeared to be a legitimate active device with a timer and wires,” police reported but “After rendering the device safe it was found to be a hoax device.” Police responded to a suspicious package on Bartlett Street...
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Firefighters-To-Be Train On Ladders

The rain is on its way out and the sun drying out the sidewalks before it disappears for the day, so here is your afternoon report: A group of students at the firefighters academy practiced on the extension of ladders at the department’s training site on 19th street between Folsom and Shotwell streets this afternoon, attracting the occasional spectator. The training...
Rescue 2 with the hood up at Station 7. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Under the Hood with SFFD; A Peek inside DIY.org

The sun is way past its apex, so that means it’s time for… The Afternoon Report! Under the Hood At San Francisco Fire Department Station 7 on 19th Street, the afternoon brought some unexpected car trouble to Lieutenant Randy Hiro. But not just any car, the fire department’s imposing Rescue 2 was leaking fluids. A mechanic lay on his back...
Extinguishing Monday's fire required the help of 100 fire personnel. Photo: Andrea Valencia

Valencia Fire: 21 Residents Displaced and $1.5 Million in Damages

Monday’s fire on Valencia street damaged five buildings and displaced 21 residents, including 19 adults and two children. San Francisco fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge further confirmed that the buildings have been red-taped—meaning, the building is unsafe to enter—until further notice. Buildings that sustained damage include 1448/1450 Valencia, 1452 Valencia, 1442-1446 Valencia, 1436-1440 Valencia and 345-351 San Jose Avenue. It’s unclear which of the five buildings displaced residents...
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Some Fire Victims Find There’s No Returning Home

It was a Sunday morning at 9:51 a.m. when a fire broke out in a stairwell and moved swiftly through the three-story building at the corner of Duboce and Valencia Streets, injuring one tenant, damaging a second building and leaving 37 residents homeless. “By the time anyone knew there was a fire, the outside of the building, including the fire...