Posted Dec 30, 2011

Alamo Square Fire Leaves 60 People Homeless: Help a Neighbor in Need!

A little over a week ago, 27 families lost their homes to a massive fire that broke out in the Alamo Square area.  Heavy winds stoked the fire which quickly spread from a three-story Victorian to a neighboring 25-unit apartment building and school.

Everybody was safely evacuated, but our neighbors need our help.

Quick response and strong support for displaced families 

In addition to the countless and nameless folks who’ve helped, we send special thanks to the over 150 firefighters who worked together to control the blaze, as well as the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter for their quick response to provide shelter and clothing for the displaced families.  

Families urgently need housing

 According to Steve Buford—a San Francisco native who lost his home to the fire—the greatest need is housing.  If you know of any available or unlisted apartments, houses or studios, please e-mail with details.

Other ways to help a neighbor in need

For updates on how to help, check the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association website. They are coordinating donations and support.  Current needs include:

  • Housing (especially studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom units)
  • Volunteer with video camera to document charred possessions for insurance claims
  • Household items on this donation request list
  • Monetary donations to the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association (to be routed to the residents with oversight from Supervisor Mirkarimi’s office

Thank you for your help, support and commitment to our community.  Together we’re stronger.


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