Ocean Avenue Fire Recovery
On Tuesday August 7, 2012 at 5:50am, a four-alarm fire on the 1500 block of Ocean Avenue, affected 8 businesses across 2 buildings, consuming much of the block. Firefighters encountered very precarious conditions, one of which was a back draft that occurred when responders broke through a door and causing what seemed to be an explosion. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries. The fire was under control by 7:29 am that morning.
On August 14, 2012, Mayor Edwin M. Lee met with business and property owners affected by the Ocean Avenue fire to highlight the City’s comprehensive effort to assist in each victim’s recovery. Others in attendance included representatives from Supervisor Elsbernd and Supervisor Avalos’ offices, and leaders from multiple city agencies, including the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Department of Building Inspection, the Planning Department, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Public Health, the Office of Small Business, the Department of Emergency Management, and both the Police and Fire Departments. Mayor Lee and the Agency Directors spoke about their commitments to support the recovery of the fire victims.
Victims raised several issues including the need for temporary work for displaced employees, wait times for permitting and project review, insurance issues, length of time to re-opening, assistance with relocation, and emotional distress. The City’s recovery package for Ocean Avenue will include expedited permitting through various City departments, cleaning and hauling services from the Department of Public Works, targeted legal and relocation assistance, marketing, and increased police patrols.
The Mayor explained that the City’s response to the fire exemplifies the approach of his new Invest in Neighborhoods program. The Invest in Neighborhoods initiative is a renewed effort to marshal City and private sector resources and services to help revitalize the City’s neighborhood commercial corridors, support neighborhood small businesses and boost neighborhood job creation.
As OEWD leads the City’s response and recovery effort, the coordination of other City agencies and the dissemination of information will be critical in the recovery effort. This website provides information on business assistance programs and contact information of key agency staff on the Ocean Avenue Recovery Team.
For more Information or if you have questions contact Recovery Team Coordinator Crezia Tano - Phone: 415-554-4984, Email: email@example.com