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For neighbors near warehouse fire, an outpouring of sympathy for strangers in their midst

For neighbors near warehouse fire, an outpouring of sympathy for strangers in their midst

They would come in twos and threes, mothers pushing baby strollers, grandmothers on walkers, day laborers on their way to nearby street corners to wait for work, all wanting to see and maybe to understand the horror that had erupted in their neighborhood.

No bueno,” muttered an elderly street vendor who had pushed his ice cream cart to the corner of Fruitvale Avenue and International Boulevard, across the street from the charred and gutted warehouse known as the Ghost Ship. He made a flicking motion with his right hand, as if tossing a match, and shook his head.

For many denizens of the Fruitvale district, the deadly fire that brought to their...

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