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Castro Crime & Safety: Two Fire Investigations, Moving Van Driver Robs Pedestrian, More

Crime reports have been relatively quiet over the past couple of weeks, following our last roundup. However, the neighborhood still had a mix of incidents, including two fires, one of which displaced residents and injured firefighters. 

Read on for the latest; all reports are in chronological order and come via the SFPD, unless otherwise noted.

One-Alarm Fire At Castro & Market

Firefighters combating the blaze | VIDEO: JAMES O.

On October 12th, we covered a one-alarm fire that started around 12:13pm between an apartment building and the RC gas station at Market and Castro. The fire, burning underneath a porch, was under control by 1pm, and didn't displace any residents. The witness who sent in the initial tip believed that the fire was caused by people living in a homeless encampment. As of this roundup, the incident is still under investigation.

Four-Alarm Fire Displaces Residents, Injures Firefighters

A second, larger fire took place a week later around 12:17am October 20th at 27 Hattie St. The four-alarm fire caused a shutdown of several blocks of Market Street, injured three SFFD firefighters and displaced seven, including two elderly people and one child. A cat also went missing during the incident.

Four-alarm fire | VIDEO: CHRIS Z./HOODLINE

A total of 121 firefighters responded to the scene. The cause is still under investigation.

18th Street Tip On Police Activity

Later on the 20th, we received a tip from reader Alan about an incident with the SFPD around 2pm:

"I was walking down 18th Street in the Castro and there were cops cars pulling up and a cadre of seven officers were going up the stairs of 4222 18th St (same building where the Eureka Barber Shop is located). One cop asked another if there were weapons involved. And then I heard one officer banging on the door and ordered the man to open the door or they'll break it down. After a couple minute stand-off, I left, so don't know what happened."


We have yet to hear anything from the SFPD, but will update if and when we learn more.

Market Street Hot Prowl

On October 22nd, a man, 32, awoke at 5:40am to find an unknown male suspect rummaging through his belongings. The suspect then fled the apartment with the victim's tablet, passport and credit cards. No arrest has been made.

Market Street Attack & Robbery

A 44-year-old man was near Market and Church at 4:43pm October 22nd when he was approached by a rental moving van. The driver, a man age 30-34, grabbed the victim's cellphone and struck him multiple times before fleeing. No arrest has been made. 

Did we miss any recent crimes around the neighborhood? If you've got info on a crime or neighborhood safety issue to share, send us a tip here or add a comment below.

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