[Educator-Gold] DISASTERS: FIRES : DEATHS : UNITED STATES: CITIES: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: Oakland Warehouse Fire: ‘Ghost Ship’ Sailed Through Regulators’ Fingers for Years

 

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DISASTERS: FIRES :

DEATHS :

UNITED STATES: CITIES: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:

Oakland Warehouse Fire: ‘Ghost Ship’
Sailed Through Regulators’ Fingers for Years

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Oakland Warehouse Fire: ‘Ghost Ship’
Sailed Through Regulators’ Fingers for Years

by ALEX JOHNSON, ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and STEPHANIE GOSK

December 5 2016, 9:00 PM ET

NBC News

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oakland-warehouse-
fire-ghost-ship-sailed-through-regulators-fingers-years-n692306

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The California warehouse where at least 36 people died last week has been on regulators’ radar for almost two decades, according to government records.

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A habitability investigation of the Oakland warehouse  which had been converted without permits into a hive-like artists’ collective known as the “Ghost Ship”  was still pending when the building erupted in flames Friday night during a regular weekly party, according to government records.

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The records show that the city was looking into a complaint alleging an “illegal interior building structure” at the warehouse, a two-story, 86-year-old building taking up almost 10,000 square feet.

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It’s just one of at least 10 complaints that have been recorded against the site, which includes an adjoining vacant lot, since the Ng family began purchasing the properties in 1997, according to Oakland and Alameda County records.

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And yet, the warehouse somehow was allowed to remain open.

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Russell Megowan, 28, who once lived in the warehouse, described the site to NBC News as “a whole maze to get through,” crammed with wooden objects. He said he moved out because it was “too sketchy to continue to stay there.”

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Oakland Fire Department Operations Chief Mark Hoffman said a single wood staircase was the only way to get between the two floors. Fire crews were unable to reach the second floor because of the blaze, he said. There appeared to be no fire sprinklers, he said.

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Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said Monday that it remains too early to determine whether criminal charges are appropriate. But she said possible charges could include involuntary manslaughter to murder.

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The couple who ran the warehouse, Derick Almena, who goes by the name Derick Ion, and his wife, Micah Allison, said they are being blamed for the fire unfairly.

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“We’ve done everything we could possibly afford to do, Allison told NBC News on Monday.

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The Ng family said in a statement: “We are also trying to figure out what’s going on like everybody else. We’re sorry to hear about the tragedy. Our condolences go out to family and friends.”

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[Educator-Gold] DISASTERS: FIRES : DEATHS : UNITED STATES: CITIES: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: Oakland Warehouse Fire: ‘Ghost Ship’ Sailed Through Regulators’ Fingers for Years

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