Mayor's Office To Assist Businesses Displaced In North Beach Fire

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Today, Acting Mayor Mark Farrell announced the activation of a Small Business Disaster Relief fund in response to a four-alarm fire that devastated seven North Beach businesses on St. Patrick's Day.

“When these devastating events impact our small businesses, the city must act—and act quickly—to support our local merchants,” said Farrell in a statement.

The fire was first reported at 7:30pm at 659 Union St. (at Columbus Avenue) and was contained by 9pm, according to the Chronicle. No one was injured, but eight residents were displaced from nearby buildings. The top two floors of the building have been vacant since a previous fire in December 2013.

“North Beach is a community that prides itself on taking care of our neighbors,” said District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin in a statement. "We will need the city’s laser focus and support in the coming months to ensure that the 500 block of Columbus Avenue remains intact."

The fire impacted more than 50 employees working in the businesses, including Coit Liquors, Ferry Plaza Seafood, Tuk Tuk Thai Café, The Salzburg, Rogue Ales Public House, Jack Lee Fong Insurance Agency, and Michelangelo Caffe.

According to the Mayor's office, each business impacted will be allowed to access up to $10,000 in financial assistance for inventory replacement, equipment purchases, employee salaries and even security deposits for new leases elsewhere.

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