Officials assessing the damage found that the fire at 545 O'Farrell St. (between Leavenworth and Jones) affected more than one-quarter of the five-story building's 80 units. According to Kim's statement on the GoFundMe page, 21 units were damaged, and more than 70 tenants were displaced.
One person was treated for smoke inhalation after the fire, but there were no serious injuries.
Funds raised through the campaign will go to the Laborers Community Service and Training Foundation to support residents who lost their homes, as well as those whose apartments are intact but damaged.
Many impacted residents are families with small children, and some live paycheck to paycheck; as a result, many lack the resources required to replace items that were fire- or water-damaged, wrote Kim.
To aid victims, La Voz Latina at 456 Ellis St. is also accepting donations of any new or gently used clothing, appliances, bed linens, towels, and more Monday to Thursday, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm.
As of this writing, contributors to the GoFundMe campaign have donated $8,873 towards a goal of $50,000.
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