Scaffolding Collapses At Alamo Square House Ravaged By Fire

Scaffolding Collapses At Alamo Square House Ravaged By FirePhoto: Nuala Sawyer / Hoodline
Nuala Sawyer
Published on April 27, 2015

Repairs on 1500 McAllister St., which fell victim to a fire in January of this year, have hit a setback. This morning, tipsters Cyan and Kim let us know that the scaffolding in place on the outside of the building had collapsed.

No injuries have been reported, but as of 1pm today, Scott Street between McAllister and Golden Gate was closed to through traffic.

The four-story building was undergoing repairs after it suffered a four-alarm fire on January 31st which damaged 17 units and displaced 25 people. Right before the fire occurred, real estate magnate Russell Flynn was in negotiations for the building, which was sold to him shortly after the fire.

A building permit was filed with the city on February 20th to provide emergency shoring near a brick chimney. Patrick Buscovich & Associates, a structural engineering firm, was hired for that task. It's unclear if it was also behind the scaffolding that collapsed on the eastern side of the building.

Many of the displaced residents of 1500 McAllister are in temporary housing, though it was estimated at a meeting back in February that it may take up to 18 months for repairs to be completed and for residents to be able to move back in.

The incident follows another bizarre scaffolding collapse in the Lower Haight, when a car backed into a nail salon back in March.