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Fire at 2551 San Pablo Avenue
On March 27, 2017, a fire at 2551 San Pablo Avenue resulted in the tragic death of four individuals. As the investigation continues into the cause of the fire, the City of Oakland is providing ongoing support to our community.
How You Can Help
The needs of the residents displaced by the fire at 2551 San Pablo Avenue are great. Thankfully, many in the Oakland community have expressed a desire to help.
While residents are still in the process of securing new temporary or permanent housing, it is difficult to accept household items. However, as they are relocated, gifts of this type would be appreciated. We ask you to check back here regularly for updates on how you might be able to make in-kind donations.
The City of Oakland is also currently working with various service providers who will be assisting families as they are relocated. When the full list of service providers has been identified, it will be posted here so that you can connect directly with these organizations to identify the most useful methods to support these families as they rebuild.
The two organizations that have been providing immediate relief and assistance to the families of the victims and survivors are the Red Cross (www.redcross.org) and Salvation Army (www.oakland.satruck.org). Donations to both organizations allow them to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters, including providing support services for the families impacted by the 2551 San Pablo Avenue fire.
A coalition of faith-based organizations has designated the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland as the fiscal agent for the San Pablo Fire Victims Advocacy fund. Checks can be made out to: "FPCO San Pablo Fire Victims Advocacy" and mailed to the church at 2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, or you can make a donation online.
Local Assistance Center
The City, in conjunction with the Red Cross, the State Office of Emergency Services and other service providers, is opening a temporary comprehensive one-stop local assistance center for those fire victims who need additional support and services as the West Oakland Shelter closes.
Please note, each person affected by the fire is being individually contacted about an appointment time this week.
The local assistance center will open on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 through Friday, April 7, 2017.
The center will help the fire victims connect with the following:
- Housing Services
- Social Services, including food bank assistance
- County Health Services
- State Employment Development
- State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- Red Cross and more
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: 270 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (bordering Clay Street and across from the Elihu Harris State Office Building) in downtown Oakland.
Public Transportation: The center is assessable by BART via the 12th Street City Center stop. Also, the center is assessable by AC Transit Bus Lines 72, 72R, 18 and 88 from the West Oakland Shelter. For more information, please visit www.511.org.
Parking: Parking will be validated at one of the following city-owned garages. Please bring your parking token you will receive upon arrival to the front desk of the local assistance center:
- Dalziel Garage – 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (underneath the Local Assistance Center) – enter garage on 16th Street
- City Center West Garage – 1250 Martin Luther King (MLK) Way – enter garage on MLK or Jefferson
Emergency Shelter for Impacted Residents
The Red Cross set up an emergency shelter for displaced residents at the West Oakland Youth Center, 3233 Market Street. The City is coordinated with the Red Cross and the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency to provide additional resources to these impacted individuals.
In addition to emergency shelter, services offered onsite included grief counseling, meals, housing location assistance and medical, social and behavioral support services.
The temporary emergency shelter closed on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
- For answers about a loved one lost in the fire, please call the Alameda County Coroner’s Office (510) 382-3000.
- For the Red Cross, please call (510) 595-4441.
- For grief counseling, please call the 24-Hour Crisis Line at 1-800-309-2131 or the Alameda County Behavioral Health Services at 1-800-260-0094.
To date, the City has released the below public records relating to 2551 San Pablo Avenue, and will continue to update this page as new documents become available.
Press Releases and Statements
City of Oakland Provides Update on Placement of Residents Displaced by 2551 San Pablo Avenue Fire - released Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Mayor Schaaf and City Administrator Order Fire Safety Inspection Overhaul, Double Size of Fire Prevention Bureau - released Friday, March 31, 2017
Update on the 2551 San Pablo Avenue Fire - released Thursday, March 30, 2017
Statement from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf re: San Pablo Avenue/Mead Ave Fire - released Monday, March 27, 2017