Lawyers representing Derick Ion Almena, the manager of the Ghost Ship warehouse, say negligence on the part of Oakland city officials was to blame for a fire that killed 36 people this month, and not their client.
One of the biggest mysteries to come out of the deadly Ghost Ship fire is why authorities didn’t do more to address safety and health concerns about a warehouse that some former residents described as a “death trap.”
As Oakland’s tightknit arts community continues to grapple with dozens of deaths in the Ghost Ship warehouse blaze, it is also being roiled by heightened scrutiny over the safety of similar living spaces.
As investigators probed the cause of a warehouse fire that killed 36 people, Oakland city officials faced more scrutiny over their handling of complaints about the building in the years before the blaze.
In the wake of Oakland’s devastating warehouse fire that killed 36 people last week, Los Angeles city officials will meet next week to determine how to address the city’s own unpermitted housing issues, the city attorney’s office said.
Oakland officials revealed Thursday that no building code enforcement inspector has been inside the warehouse where 36 people died in at least 30 years, raising new questions about government oversight of the property.
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.
Officials in Oakland asked for a declaration of emergency Tuesday, clearing the way for the city to receive federal and state funding to cover the massive response to a warehouse fire that left 36 people dead.
As searchers continued to sift through the scorched ruins of an Oakland warehouse where at least 36 people died Friday night, the city has experienced an outpouring of support for the victims’ families and survivors.
The manager of an Oakland warehouse said he was “incredibly sorry” for a devastating fire that killed at least 36 people during an electronic music event Friday night, but balked when asked if he should be held accountable for the loss.
There are growing calls for a full accounting of how Oakland city officials handled safety and health issues at a warehouse where at least 36 people died in a fire amid evidence that various city agencies fielded complaints over the last two years.
As criminal investigators begin to examine who is to blame for one of the worst fires in modern California history, Oakland authorities continued to search for bodies in the ruins of a warehouse blaze Monday after halting briefly to test for structural weaknesses.
A man who managed an Oakland warehouse and artist collective where a massive fire killed at least 36 people spoke publicly Sunday night for the first time, telling a Bay Area news station the victims were his friends, family and “children.”
In the desperate hours after the warehouse inferno — long before Oakland officials would release the identities of the charred bodies found inside — family and friends tried to cobble together information online.