People displaced by fire sheltered on Treasure Island

June 21, 2010 5:08:23 PM PDT
More than 60 people who were displaced by a fire Thursday at a transitional housing center in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood will now be given shelter on Treasure Island, a spokesman for the center's property manager said today.

The three-alarm blaze at the Taylor Street Center at 111 Taylor St. forced the evacuation of the center and displaced more than 200 residents. The center, which provides temporary housing, monitoring and transitional services for minimum-security criminal offenders, has not yet reopened.

Charles Siegel, spokesman for Cornell Companies, said today that the 61 remaining residents who need shelter have been taken to a hangar provided by the city on Treasure Island.

The American Red Cross had provided temporary shelter at the Gene Friend Recreation Center at Sixth and Folsom streets, but the city needed that facility back today, Red Cross spokeswoman Patricia Peper said.

Other residents have been housed with family and friends or placed at other facilities.

The fire began on the roof of the building, where contractors were doing work Thursday, according to Siegel.

The fire department has estimated the damage at about $350,000.


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