Amid continuing community concern about major residential blazes in the Mission, San Francisco Supervisors David Campos and Jane Kim are charging that top-ranking members of the Fire Department are not being transparent enough about how the agency works to prevent and investigate fires.
A series of major blazes in the Mission District over the last 18 months has killed three people, displaced nearly 200 others and led to a push for tougher fire-safety regulations and enforcement.
The blazes have also led some to express concern that arsonists are at work as part of a campaign to raze older, rent-controlled apartment buildings and replace them with market-rate structures -- a phenomenon some have called "gentri-fire."
The Fire Department has offered assurances that its investigators have found no evidence of arson in the major Mission fires, which were ruled accidental.
But the most recent fire in the area, a five-alarm blaze that destroyed or heavily damaged several buildings at 29th and Mission streets, prompted Campos to write an op-ed piece titled "Why is the Mission Burning?" in the San Francisco Examiner this week.