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Victim in Critical Condition After Fire at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s Seneca Hotel

Written by The Standard StaffPublished Jan. 06, 2023 • 7:21pm
San Francisco Fire Department ambulances outside of Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital | Justin Katigbak for The Standard

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A victim in critical condition was rescued from a fire Friday on the sixth floor of the Seneca Hotel, a supportive housing facility for formerly homeless adults.

San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) emergency medical personnel transported the victim to the emergency room, the agency reported.

The cause of the fire, which was on the sixth floor of the hotel, is under investigation, according to SFFD.

The call came in at 5:20 p.m., and the fire was contained by 6:16 p.m. It is not yet known whether the victim was a visitor or a resident.

Seneca is managed by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic and has 197 units of permanent supportive housing for tenants who gain access through San Francisco’s Adult Coordinated Entry system.

The Tenderloin Housing Clinic, run by CEO Randy Shaw, is a prominent provider of the city’s permanent supportive housing stock. An investigation by The San Francisco Chronicle last year had Shaw in its crosshairs, documenting inhumane conditions within some of his properties.

Many of the nonprofit’s workers went on strike in 2022, asking for increased wages and describing dangerous workplace conditions. The city allocated $15 million to the organization as part of the 2023 budget to help address the pay inequities. 

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