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Three-alarm fire at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco site destroys one under-construction home, damages two others

 

SAN FRANCISCO — September 27, 2014 — A fire at the Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco construction site in Ocean View destroyed one of the non-profit’s under-construction homes and damaged two others around 11pm last night. Fire crews responded heroically and contained the fire, limiting the damage to the 28-unit Habitat Terrace Development. 

Fire Station 33, which is immediately across the street from the Habitat Terrace entrance on Capitol Avenue was one of three fire stations that responded. The cause of the fire is so far unknown. The fire department is on the scene. 

The fire burned one under-construction home that was 90% framed. Two adjacent homes were also damaged and the extent of that damage has not been fully assessed. No injuries have been reported.

“The fire at Habitat Terrace is obviously disheartening but we are grateful it didn’t spread beyond these three homes,” said Phillip Kilbridge, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. “The community that helped us build these homes will be the community that returns to rebuild them.  This is yet another way Habitat provides inventive solutions to our area’s expensive real estate challenges.”  

It is unclear how the schedule for volunteering at Habitat Terrace will be affected by the fire. Habitat Greater San Francisco cancelled the volunteer day for the 100 volunteers scheduled to build at Habitat Terrace today. It will keep volunteers scheduled to build in coming weeks posted via its website habitatgsf.org on whether their build days might be rescheduled. 

Those wishing to contribute to Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco to help them rebuild the damaged homes, can do so by visiting www.habitatgsf.org/donate.

Habitat Greater San Francisco is a non-profit affordable housing developer whose innovative model offers homeownership opportunities to Bay Area residents with good credit who earn less than the area median income. Families purchase Habitat homes with a 0% interest loan, the payments of which are equal to one-third of a family’s monthly income. Families complete 500 hours in “sweat equity” building their homes and the homes of their neighbors in lieu of paying a down payment. 

Habitat Greater San Francisco also utilizes volunteer labor to build its homes – helping to keep the cost of each home low. Habitat relies on a mix of private and public funders to ensure each home remains affordable for Bay Area families. 

About Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco builds homes and community in partnership with thousands of annual volunteers, hard-working families, donors, civic leaders and other engaged community members in Marin, San Francisco and on the Peninsula. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, Habitat Greater San Francisco provides a critical path to financial security for families who live and work here and strengthens neighborhoods across the Bay Area. Habitat Greater San Francisco has built more than 200 affordable homes in the Bay Area and is currently building Habitat Terrace, a development of 28 single-family homes in San Francisco’s Ocean View neighborhood. Those interested in supporting Habitat’s work or volunteering can find more information at the website: www.habitatgsf.org ; on Facebook at facebook.com/habitatgsf or on Twitter @habitatgsf.

 

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