Fatal Fire at 2551 San Pablo Ave., updated
Early Monday morning on March 27th, a fire broke out at a large, transitional housing program that housed over 60 men, women and children. The Oakland Fire Department is now reporting four fatalities. Early news reports incorrectly stated East Bay Community Recovery Project had programs and clients in the building and while we are thankful that isn’t true, we are no less saddened by the loss of life and extensive property damage that cost so many people their home.
All of our clients and staff are safe and accounted for. Due to the extensive damage and ongoing investigation, the Fire Department had asked our residential women’s program, Project Pride, to temporarily relocate, and all programs and services in the San Pablo corridor were suspended. On Tuesday morning at 11am, we were advised conditions are safe enough for the women and children to return to 2545 San Pablo Ave. Our Day Support program reopened Wednesday 3/29/17. The administrative department also returned to work on Wednesday.
As of Friday 3/31, the FACT & TrACT permanent, supportive housing units at 814 Mead Street have been “red tagged” by the City of Oakland. They aren’t damaged but they are too close to the property that burned to be considered safe at this time. All of our partners are being taken care of and we look forward to having them return home soon.
We want to thank all of the emergency responders who bravely battled the flames, treated the victims and saved so many people. As bad as this fire and loss of life was, it could have much, much worse.
The photo below shows Project Pride on the left, and the site of the tragic fire separated by a relatively narrow street.