Fund for SF fire victims surpasses $100,000 

click to enlarge The fire at 22nd and Mission streets has displaced more than 40 people. - GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. Examiner
  • The fire at 22nd and Mission streets has displaced more than 40 people.
After a fire tore through an apartment building in the Mission district last week, killing one resident and displacing many more, a neighbor started a fund to “prove that, as a community, we care about our long-time residents.”

Since then, Mission resident Zachary Crockett’s GoFundMe page has garnered more than $100,000 in support for those affected by the Jan. 28 fire at 22nd and Mission streets.

“I rode by on my bike tonight right as the fire broke out and witnessed families who had just lost their homes mourning on the street,” Crockett wrote Wednesday on the fund’s page. “These folks have lost everything.”

A 40-year-old man died and six others were injured in the blaze, which the Fire Department said Tuesday caused $8.6 million in damage to three buildings.

The fire ravaged 19 residential units, leaving them uninhabitable for more than 40 people, according to Mission Economic Development Agency, a nonprofit working with city officials to help displaced residents.

Crockett also sought help from MEDA to mete out the funds.

“Zachary Crockett is an example of community spirit at its finest,” said Gabriel Medina, policy manager at MEDA. “The Mission Economic Development Agency is honored that he chose our nonprofit to help him develop a plan for dissemination of the Mission Fire Fund donations.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Crockett’s fundraiser had exceeded $109,000. Crockett said that besides money, the victims need women’s hygiene products, water, nonperishable foods and clothing items.

Monetary donations can be made here, while other items can be dropped off at the Valencia Street Salvation Army, 1500 Valencia St.; L’s Caffe, 2871 24th St.; or Doc’s Clock, 2575 Mission St.

“I've been receiving a lot of good support, and weeding out malicious people,” said Crockett. “This money will get into the hands of those who need it. I will make sure of that.”

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