On Monday we heard rumors that the major, five-alarm fire last Saturday on the 3300 block of Mission Street at the edge of Bernal Heights may have begun in Graywood hotel, the low-income SRO that sits at the corner above the 3300 Club, and spread to five other buildings on the block. Today, however, ABC 7 reports that while the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, officials from the SFFD have confirmed that the building of origin was 3312 Mission, the address of Cole Hardware which was also the first address reported on social media after the fire broke out.
At final count, 57 people were displaced by the fire, and half of those came from the Graywood. There were also residential units upstairs from Cole Hardware.
Reportedly, both 3312 Mission and the Playa Azul building next door are total losses and will be demolished.
Mission Local reports that $33,000 has been raised via a GoFundMe campaign set up by local activist, former Supervisorial candidate, and former hunger striker Edwin Lindo, which will help displaced residents get the services that they need.
A separate crowdfunding campaign was set up here by Front Porch owner Josey White on behalf of Front Porch busser Luis Herrera, who lived in one of the burned out buildings next door with his wife and three children.
And multiple other benefits are happening, as Inside Scoop tells us, via dishes and drinks on menus at Old Bus Tavern, Ichi Sushi, Front Porch and elsewhere. So go eat or drink for this good cause.