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Thursday, January 12, 2012

SOMA Fire Smokes Green Cross Medical Marijuana Delivery Service HQ

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 1:05 PM

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The SOMA building that caught fire late Tuesday also houses the city's only licensed medical marijuana delivery service, which has, fortunately, been able to continue operations.

Firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze at a four-story building on 11th Street at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The fire displaced 20 people, including some employees at The Green Cross, according to spokeswoman Caren Woodson. However, pot deliveries continued unabated Wednesday -- and it will be business as usual unless city authorities deem the building uninhabitable.

Woodson, who also lives in the building, said her apartment, as well as the Green Cross's first-floor offices, are unscathed, and that the fire -- which authorities are still investigating -- started on an outside balcony.

Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the Fire Department, told SF Weekly on Thursday that the investigation could take "months," and in the meantime, the department can't release details on the fire, such as what caused the blaze or where it began.

Woodson, however, said that firefighters made it clear that Green Cross had nothing to do with starting the fire.

"We have been assured that the incident was sparked in an outer stairwell, and is absolutely unrelated to our operations," she wrote in an e-mail. "At no time was The Green Cross on fire."

Whether the building needs to be shuttered while it is gutted and renovated (due to smoke and water damage) is now up to the Department of Building Inspection.

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Chris Roberts

Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.


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