Three-alarm blaze displaces up to 207 residents 

A three-alarm fire displaced 207 people from a transitional housing complex in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood Thursday, a fire department dispatcher said.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital with a minor injury, and at least one resident was also hospitalized, the dispatcher said.

Firefighters responded to the fire at 111 Taylor St. around 5:40 p.m., and the response was soon heightened to three alarms.

The fire was under control by 6:30 p.m., a dispatcher said.

Patricia Peper, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in the San Francisco area, said her last count for displaced residents was 129 adults and two children.

Peper said that the Red Cross has set up a shelter at Sixth and Folsom streets at the Gene Friend Recreation Center.

The City’s Human Services Department arranged for displaced residents to be sheltered at the facility, which is run by Recreation and Park, Peper said.

Although Peper said that the local Red Cross hasn’t seen a displacement quite this extensive for a while, she said that the organization is plenty prepared.

“We’ve done some pretty large-scale sheltering over the years,” she said.

Peper said everyone at the shelter will be provided with meals, and that the facility will be available to displaced residents for at least the next two days.


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