A fire early Wednesday morning left six injured and at least 19 displaced in the Outer Mission.
The fire broke out around 12:15 a.m. at 70 and 72 Liebig Street, near San Jose Avenue and Daly City border, and firefighters warned others to stay away. By 1:45 a.m., the San Francisco Fire Department had the fire under control but the damage was done to two single-family homes.
SF Firefighters were on scene for a working fire on Liebig and Sam Jose. Several rescues were made and multiple people were displaced. #SFFD units still on scene. Contact @SFFDPIO for more details. pic.twitter.com/EYos0Brfzl
— SF Firefighters 798 (@SFFFLocal798) January 16, 2019
Six people were injured, including a child and firefighter who faced minor injuries. Two people had injuries considered critical.
At least 19 people were displaced, according to a count taken at the scene by the Bay Area chapter of the American Red Cross. They were given financial assistance to stay in hotels for a night or two but could be displaced for at least three to six months, according to casework supervisor Paul Hamilton. One of the homes was destroyed while the other one sustained major damage.
“The problem is these people will have to find a place to be all this time,” Hamilton says.
Because construction is in high demand, that could further set back recovery. But the people displaced will soon meet with the Red Cross and city services to assess their housing options and develop a plan. Hamilton recommends that everyone in San Francisco think about alternative places to stay for scenarios like these.
“What would you do tomorrow if tomorrow it was gone?” asks Hamilton, referring to homes. “It’s a life-changing event.”