Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee file

Gina Lujan, with Hacker Lab co-founders Charles Blas and Eric Ullrich in 2012, is getting help from her friends after fire destroyed her Oak Park home on Thursday.

Friends seek to aid Hacker Lab co-founder after early-morning house fire

Published: Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Gina Lujan, co-founder of Hacker Lab, an organization that provides collaborative workspace to technology developers and entrepreneurs, found herself in need of living space after her Oak Park home was destroyed by fire early Thursday.

Eric Ullrich, Lujan’s Hacker Lab co-founder, said friends and co-workers were at the site Thursday morning helping her salvage items. He said a cat died in the fire, which occurred about 3 a.m. at the house in the area of 33rd and V streets. No other injuries were reported.

Kim Iannucci, shift commander with the Sacramento Fire Department, said firefighters arrived to find flames visible from the rear of the house, facing an alley. She said the fire had spread from a back room to the kitchen. Utility lines and wiring were damaged, leaving the residence without power and uninhabitable. She said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Lujan was one of three young leaders recognized earlier this month by Sacramento-based Valley Vision for their contributions to the economic, social and environmental vitality of the capital region. Lujan was selected for outstanding leadership in the economic category. Officials cited her as a leading force in the innovation space movement and for helping launch several new business start-ups.

“Gina has done so much for the community. It’s important that we help her,” said friend Liz Salmi.

Friends of Lujan’s have set up a website,, for donations to assist her.

Ullrich said Lujan has been provided with temporary living quarters.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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