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Auction, Fundraiser Planned for Fire Victims

We have a few new details about the effects of Tuesday's fire at Haight and Fillmore, and news about efforts to help the residents and workers who were affected.

In the past 24 hours, the following details have emerged:

  • The number of displaced residents has climbed from 14 to 31.
  • SFPD estimates that the fire caused $2.15 million in damage — $1.8 million to the structure itself, and $350,000 to its contents.
  • Gas and electricity have been turned off, as the building has been deemed uninhabitable pending further inspection.
  • Three Twins, which gave away its melting ice cream inventory yesterday, is looking for a temporary pop-up space in the neighborhood. They don't expect to be able to re-open for several months.
  • We hear Walgreens is also unlikely to re-open for 8 months to a year, if at all.
  • Despite rampant rumors, the cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation.
  • The Human Services agency and the Red Cross are both working to provide the displaced residents with emergency assistance.
  • Tenant Tiffany B. posted a must-read account of her experience escaping from the fire.
In the meantime, the Lower Haight Merchants and Neighbors Association (LoHaMNA) is organizing a fundraiser event next week — probably Tuesday, October 4th, at the Peacock Lounge. Details are still being firmed up, but we'll report more when we know it. Also, Haighteration and LoHaMNA are teaming up to organize an online auction to benefit those affected. If you're a restaurant, shop, hotel, bar, artist, stylist, or work for a company that you think might be able to provide a bid-worthy prize, please let us know by sending an email to auction@haighteration.com. No need for specific prize details right now — just let us know if you'd be interested in participating. And please, spread the word. Finally, if you're a tenant who was displaced, or an employee of any of the affected businesses, and you need assistance, please let us know what you need and we'll get the word out. We'll keep you updated.
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