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Update on Lower Haight Fire, How to Help

Here's an update on yesterday's fire above the Walgreens at Haight and Fillmore, and some information on how you can help.

Multiple news sources report that 14 residents were displaced. There was a report of one firefighter suffering a minor injury, but otherwise we've heard of no one being hurt due to the fire. Certainly this speaks to the stellar work of the SF Fire Department. There was also some serious heroic action by Pierre Pegeron of Lo-Cost Meats, and painter Gustavo Manzanares, who both rushed into the building and went door-to-door evacuating people — watch this KTVU report for details. Several businesses on the street level suffered damage. Three Twins suffered some water damage and will be closed until further notice. Fecal Face also encountered water damage, though tweeted that they managed to safely remove art from their gallery:

"Our space @FFDG is totally fucked. It was like the Rainforest Cafe in there. Smell like smoke as we "rescued" artwork. Down but not out."
We're trying to get in touch with Estela's, and businesses on the Haight Street side, to find out if they suffered any damage. Meanwhile, many, many readers have asked how they can help. Which is great. Rooky Ricardo's (448 Haight) has offered to serve as a drop-off point for donations. At this point, without knowing specifics of the displaced residents, there is no guidance on specific items or clothing sizes that might be needed. We are working to gather that information and will relay it as soon as we can. In the meantime, if you'd like to make a donation via cash or check, you can do so in-person at Rooky's. The Lower Haight Merchants and Neighbors Association is also working to organize a fundraiser for the victims, and we've heard of Lower Haters possibly putting together a benefit concert as well. We'll update you as soon as we have more information on both of these fundraisers — probably within the next 24 hours. Here at Haighteration, we're considering organizing an online auction to benefit the victims. If you're a local business and would like to donate an item, gift certificate, or service, please let us know. Finally, if you are a resident who was affected by the fire, please let us know what you need and we will pass the info along. We'll update with more details as soon as we have them. Update: If you're a resident affected or displaced by the fire, you can get immediate assistance information from the Bay Area Red Cross.
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