Red Cross to open shelter for Mission District residents made homeless by fire, DEK Donations sought 

click to enlarge The Red Cross will open a temporary shelter on Friday evening for the dozens of Mission District residents displaced by Wednesday's four-alarm fire. - GABRIELLE LURIE/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Gabrielle Lurie/Special to the S.F. Examiner
  • The Red Cross will open a temporary shelter on Friday evening for the dozens of Mission District residents displaced by Wednesday's four-alarm fire.
The Red Cross will open on Friday evening a temporary shelter to house the dozens of Mission District residents displaced by Wednesday's four-alarm fire, but San Francisco residents are also being asked to lend a hand.

One resident died in the blaze that broke out at about 6:45 p.m. at 22nd and Mission streets on Wednesday evening. The three-story building, built in 1907, is expected to be a total loss.

Sixty-seven people, including 15 children, are now homeless and lost "all of their belongings," the Red Cross said in a statement Friday.

Numerous merchants, including a Popeyes Chicken, Wise Sons commissary kitchen, and other restaurants, boutiques, and professional offices were also damaged or destroyed in the fire.

Those without places to stay will be able to sleep in a temporary shelter at the Salvation Army's Mission Corps Community Center at 1156 Valencia Street.

The public is asked to make financial contributions to best help families affected by the fire.

Donations can be made through either the Red Cross or the Salvation Army.

Businesses affected by the fire are encouraged to contact The City's office of Economic and Workforce Development at www.oewd.org/missionfire.

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