Larkin St Apartment fire 12/2/2018

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Raised by 26 people in 2 months
Created December 5, 2018
35106682_1543995255568598_r.jpegMy friend of 14 years and his girl friend were displaced by this fire in his apartment building on 12/2/18.  They are homeless now.  At 79 years old, Jim was in a rent controlled apartment and living hand to mouth.  He lived in this building for more than 30 years.  The fire department @ this time think that some one was BBQing inside the building and it maybe the cause of the fire.  In his younger days this man was a fine artist that did murals, book covers, portraits , Tarot cards, and many other things including a portrait of John Wayne.  But technology put him out of work.  Jim and his girl friend have lost everything because of smoke damage.  They got out with the clothes that were on their backs.  Additionally, The Red Cross did not offer them any help at all though the news media said that they were on the scene after the fire.  A neighbor has given them shelter for the next few days after that he does not know where he is going to go.  He needs financial help ASAP, for clothing, daily health care needs, food and housing.  If someone can steer me in the right direction where he can get some help for his future needs I will pass the info on.  I doubt that the landlord is going to rebuild his apartment soon because he has been trying to get Jim out so he can raise the rent on the apartment.  Please give what you can even if it is a dollar.
Thank you,
Richard
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From Cassandra - The owner of our building has helped Jim and I out so much. Ever since my accident happened on New Year's Eve day 2016 things have changed. Their friendly support and consideration have helped us get through some seriously difficult days. I'm grateful that we were thought of as more than just 'renters'. I feel like we were treated as valued people. Thank You Cricket and Shaun.
I'm looking forward, as are the rest of the tenants, to see the building brought back to life. Jim and I have never been asked to leave but have been reassured that we will be moving back in!

Again, Everyone, Thank You for all the help you have given us.
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I was asked to obtain an official fire report: here it is with relevant info posted.

Incident # - 18141145
Date - 12/2/2018
Alarm Time - 16:11 (4:11 pm) Arrival Time - 16:13 (4:13 pm)
Building - Residential
Deaths - 0; Injuries - 0
Hear Source - Candle
Cause of ignition - Unintentional
Factors Contributing Ignition - Heat source to close to combustibles
Human factors for ignition - Unattended or unsupervised person

NARRATIVE:
... Fireman's encounter into the building with black smoke coming from the apartment into the hallway.
... Was told to fireman that resident admitted to having some candles lit and left her apartment for something. When resident returned she attempted to open her door and was met by heavy black smoke coming from inside.
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Update - cell phone died, not even a month.. Surprise!
I did get our old system back up #441, but we're starting to look at getting another cell. As soon as we find one we'll send out the new number.
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