Tenderloin Fire Started on Roof of Transitional Housing

Categories: Breaking News
Yesterday's three-alarm blaze at the Taylor Street Center -- transitional housing for just-released prison inmates 111 Taylor Street in the Tenderloin -- started on the roof, where a construction crew had been working, Bay City News is reporting today. A spokesman for the Cornell Companies, who runs the building, dropped the finger-pointing tidbit, but San Francisco Fire Department officials haven't yet determined the fire's cause.

In the meantime, 130 people are living at the Red Cross shelter at Folsom and Sixth Streets, while some of the other former wards of the prison system are now living with friends. Wherever they are, hopefully it's slightly nicer than the Turk and Taylor corner, one of the Tenderloin's roughest.

A savvy commenter on SFist also dug up this nugget -- the transitional housing complex is also the site of the Compton Riots, a key moment in the LGBT rights movement.

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