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Friday, January 30, 2015

S.F. Rapper-Producer Gold Chains Among Those Who Lost Everything in Mission Fire — Here's How To Help

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 11:53 AM

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As details trickle out about the possible cause and aftermath of the four-alarm Mission District fire that tragically took the life of one resident and injured six others Wednesday night, we get word that Gold Chains, an electro-rap artist and producer, was among those displaced by the blaze.

A gofundme page has set up in his name explains that the rapper (whose real name is Topher Lafata) was not home when the fire started, and lost all his possessions, including his cat, Oum, as well as thousands of dollars of recording equipment and recorded music. 

Lafata's friends have already raised nearly $9,000 to help the musician — who apparently lived in the building at 22nd and Mission for 18 years — get back on his feet. Check out the page here.

Mission bar Doc's Clock will also be hosting a benefit for victims of the fire tomorrow, Jan. 31, from 4 p.m. to close. They're asking folks to bring toys, clothes, electronics — you name it. Half the proceeds from the bar will go to help those affected by the fire as well. 

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