Supervisor David Campos talks about fire safety legislation in front of a building on 22nd and Mission streets that has been damaged by three fires in the past two years. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Fire commission to address concerns over fires in the Mission

A corner building in the Mission caught fire Monday night for the third time, days ahead of a scheduled fire safety meeting in the neighborhood and just before the introduction of city legislation to prevent fires and help displaced tenants.

A “super small” blaze broke out in the boarded-up building at the intersection of 22nd and Mission streets Monday night, fire department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter said. The fire was put out just before 9 p.m. and it’s unclear what caused it. No one was injured.

The mixed-use building was also the site of a three-alarm fire last month, as well as a deadly blaze in January 2015 that killed one person and displaced some 60 tenants.

Today, the Fire Commission is set to hold a community meeting to address concerns over the frequency of blazes in the neighborhood.

There were two back-to-back fires in the Mission as recently as last week. One damaged a residential building Friday on the 100 block of Poplar Street, while the other started Thursday between two buildings on 17th Street near Guerrero Street.

“The perception is that these fires are nefarious in nature,” Baxter said. “That’s what we’re going to discount.”

Baxter said the department will bring local and national statistics to help the community understand where fires are happening, as well as explain the causes of fires in the Mission.

Of the 191 structural fires in The City last year, 18 were in the Mission, according to numbers presented at the Fire Commission in January. At the time, 31 of the 270 arson investigations in the department’s backlog were from fires in the Mission.

According to the office of Supervisor David Campos, who introduced legislation to improve fire safety in San Francisco on Tuesday, about 130 residents were displaced by fires in the Mission last year.

The legislation would tighten the rules around the placement and maintenance of fire alarm systems in The City, as well as require landlords opening $50,000 or more permits to install fire blocks to prevent blazes from spreading between buildings through attics.

Landlords would also have to report to the Department of Building Inspection after a fire with information on whether tenants can access personal items left in the building and a timeline laying out building repairs and when tenants can return. The landlords would also be expected to discuss previous fire-safety violations.

The Fire Commission meeting is set to begin at 5 p.m. at 362 Capp St.Bay Area News

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