Seventy-five years ago, Gunter Ullmann and his family left the only home they knew in Germany to flee the Nazis before World War II and the Holocaust. Now, six weeks before his 90th birthday, the San Francisco resident joyfully recalled a recent reunion with an old friend on only his second visit back to his homeland. Read More
Two people died in an early-morning fire Sunday that swept through and destroyed a Pacifica home.The victims are believed to be a 13-year-old boy and his 93-year-old grandfather, Red Cross spokesman Patricia Peper said.The fire at the a two-story, single-family home at 552 Inverness Drive was reported at 5:54 a.m., North County Fire Authority spokesman Matt Lucett said. Firefighters arrived to find flames pouring out of the house, he said. Read More
The cause of a three-alarm fire that tore through a vacant home in the Bayview district late Saturday remains unknown, authorities said Sunday. The blaze spread to neighboring homes and displaced 30 residents.The fire at 1881 Oakdale Ave. began about 9:30 p.m., spreading to two-story homes on either side before it was extinguished about 90 minutes later, the Fire Department said. Read More
A massive wind-fueled fire tore apart three buildings in the Western Addition near Alamo Square on Thursday, leaving some 60 people without homes just days before Christmas. Read More
Halloween was indeed a night of horrors for at least these five victims — including a woman who sought help at the Occupy SF Red Cross tent.1400 block of York Street7 p.m. Monday
A 29-year-old man was stabbed in the stomach and left arm. The suspect, described as a man in his 30s, fled on foot. The victim was transported to the hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries.
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Fans of anime will be in San Jose this weekend celebrating Japanese art and popular culture as well as raising money for a good cause at FanimeCon.The convention, which hosted over 16,000 fans in 2010, kicks off today at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center and runs through Monday, organizers said.The annual anime celebration will feature costumes, music, games, parties, panels and international guests. Read More
Approximately 75 people registered for Red Cross assistance after a three-alarm fire ripped through several buildings on Folsom Street on Wednesday, Red Cross spokesman Steve Sharp said. Read More
2011 Red Cross Gala: On Saturday, the Bay Area Chapter of the prominent relief organization held its annual fundraiser in San Francisco’s Union Square. Cocktails, dinner, dancing and an auction were on the bill, with proceeds benefiting disaster relief and readiness efforts in the Bay Area. Gwyneth Borden and Roberta Economidis chaired the event.
Boys & Girls Club teens honored Read More
As people affected by the natural-gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno work to put their lives back together, a recovery center for victims will be established by the Red Cross in the city’s downtown thanks in part to a $100,000 gift from a local health care district.On Sept. 9, a pipeline owned by PG&E exploded, killing eight people, injuring more than 50 people and destroying 38 homes. Read More
More than $1 million in donations have flooded in to help the victims of the Sept. 9 gas pipeline explosion and fire in San Bruno.The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has secured more than $420,000 in pledges to its San Bruno Fire Fund. A Red Cross spokeswoman said her agency has received around $750,000 so far in response to the disaster — which killed eight and destroyed around three dozen homes — with more still coming in. Read More