The American Red Cross has set up a new shelter for people displaced by a four-alarm fire on San Francisco’s Hyde Street early this morning.
The blaze was reported shortly after 5 a.m. at a four-story, eight-unit building at 824 Hyde St., between Sutter and Bush streets, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.
Between 75 and 100 people living at that building and two adjacent ones were displaced by the blaze, Red Cross spokesman Steve Sharp said.
They were taken to a temporary shelter at St. Francis Memorial Hospital later this morning, but a more permanent shelter was scheduled to open this afternoon at the Gene Friend Recreation Center, located at the corner of Sixth and Folsom streets, Sharp said.
He said 16 of the displaced residents have confirmed that they have to stay at the shelter, and the Red Cross is expecting up to 50 of them will eventually use the shelter.
Sharp said the Red Cross is planning to provide long-term assistance to those who need it.
“It’s not so much tonight and tomorrow, but over the next several weeks that we’ll be supplying support,” Sharp said.
Many of the displaced are students who were living in studios or one-bedroom apartments, Sharp said.
The building at 824 Hyde St. was destroyed in the fire and will have to be torn down, Talmadge said. Two other adjacent buildings also sustained smoke, water or other damage.
The blaze sent three people to St. Francis Memorial Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Those victims have since been released from the hospital.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News