SF Media Co. employee seeks assistance after family displaced in Mission fire 

A fire that claimed the life of a 36-year-old man in the Mission on Wednesday hit close to home for the San Francisco Media Co. as a mailroom employee was one of the residents displaced.

Sandra Corzo, 47, who has been a company employee for 15 years, managed to escape the blaze unharmed with only $40 in her wallet but said her home was a total loss.

She lived at a studio apartment at 22nd and Mission streets with her 23-year-old cousin, who also escaped without injury, and her 18-year-old daughter, a City College of San Francisco student who was not at home at the time.

"We lost everything," Corzo said of the fire, which displaced approximately 40 tenants and more than a dozen merchants in the three-story building.

"The little money I had left in my house burned," she added, explaining that she was saving money to acquire a work permit for her daughter.

Making matters worse, Corzo didn't have time to grab her keys, keeping her from gaining access to her car.

Despite the troubles, Corzo is grateful for the support from the Red Cross and others.

"The Red Cross has given us necessities, like clothing and shoes, food and a place to stay," she said. "They've been very good to us."

Corzo and her family have been provided temporary shelter, but they are in need of some warm clothes and shoes.

Donations can be dropped off at the San Francisco Media Co. office at 835 Market St. Suite 550.

Jessica Kwong and Giselle Velazquez contributed to this report.

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Vince Echavaria

Vince Echavaria

Vince joined The Examiner in October 2013 as Night Editor after nine years at The Argonaut newspaper in Los Angeles. He was the Argonaut editor for more than six years and also worked as a reporter covering general news in communities including Venice, Santa Monica and Westchester. Vince earned his bachelor of... more
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