SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)
Financial assistance is being offered by San Francisco for four businesses that were damaged in a fire Saturday morning in the 400 block of Castro Street.
The fire was reported at 4:32 a.m. at 456 Castro St., and was contained by 10 a.m., fire officials said. was taken to a burn center with serious injuries and a firefighter was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.
Later on Saturday, Mayor London Breed directed the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development to activate the Small Business Disaster Relief Fund to assist four small businesses that sustained fire and or water damage.
The businesses eligible to apply for as much as $10,000 are Body, 450 Castro St.; Q Bar, 456 Castro St.; Osaka Sushi, 460 Castro St. and Caf� Mystique, 464 Castro St.
The funds can be used for immediate needs such as inventory replacement, equipment purchases, security deposits for a new lease, employee salaries, or other expenses to stabilize cash flow.
“Our small businesses are the anchors of our merchant corridors and it is critical that our merchants receive the support and help necessary to recover and restore services to the community quickly,” Breed said in a statement. “The city family is here to provide more than financial support; we will also help to provide technical assistance with…