GoFundMe page launched to help victims of Tenderloin fire

A San Francisco supervisor is working to raise $50,000 to help the more than 70 people displaced by a two-alarm fire last week in the Tenderloin.

Supervisor Jane Kim created a GoFundMe page this week for the more than 70 people displaced by Thursday’s fire at 545 O’Farrell St., which damaged around 21 units.

The fire was reported on the fourth floor at 7:13 p.m. and was not brought under control until 8:46 p.m., according to fire officials.

“Thankfully, there were no serious injuries, but the residents are still waiting to hear about the condition of their rental units — some of these families will not be able to move back in and others who can, have lost much to the damage of the fire,” Kim said in a statement on the GoFundMe page.

The residents are primarily lower-income working Latino families with children, many of whom live paycheck to paycheck and some of whom lost their savings as well as all their belongings in the fire.

In addition to cash donations, Kim’s office is asking for new or gently used clothing for adults and children. Donations can be dropped off at La Voz Latina at 456 Ellis St., Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 4 p.m.

The American Red Cross and city officials provided shelter for the displaced residents at Gene Friend Recreation Center for two days, before providing vouchers to move them into hotels.

The GoFundMe page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/Tenderloinfire2017 and had raised more than $8,200 as of Wednesday morning.

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