Fire tears through Mission building and popular Mexican restaurant, leaving 22 people temporarily homeless

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A fire broke out just after midnight Thursday in a three-story apartment building in San Francisco’s Mission district, severely damaging the homes of more than a dozen residents and setting Taqueria Los Coyotes, a popular Mexican restaurant, on the ground floor. of the road.

Two residents were taken to a local hospital due to smoke inhalation, according to the San Francisco Fire Department and 20 others remained outside in the cold for three hours until a Muni bus arrived provided by the Red Cross.

Residents received blankets, toiletry kits, snacks and immediate help finding accommodation for the next few nights, said Barry Gruber, a Red Cross volunteer.

“The social services agency is here for the long haul, because this building is marked red, they won’t be able to go back there for a while,” Gruber said.

SFFD has confirmed that the building is condemned and that repairs will be needed before residents can return.

Firefighters responded to the fire at 1336 16th Street at 12:18 a.m.

It was originally reported as a 1-alarm debris fire that started outside the building, but quickly escalated into a 2-alarm fire, severely damaging 13 units.

Taqueria Los Coyotes is located on the ground floor of the building.

City departments are helping to meet business resumption needs and the cause of the fire is being investigated, according to the SFFD.

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