On December 2, 2016, at approximately 11:20 p.m. PST, a fire broke out in a former warehouse that had been converted into an artist collective with living spaces known as Ghost Ship. At the time, the warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California, was hosting a concert featuring artists from the house music record label 100% Silk.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Oakland_warehouse_fire
On December 2, 2016, at approximately 11:20 p.m. PST, a fire broke out in a former warehouse that had been converted into an artist collective with living spaces known as Ghost Ship. At the time, the warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California, was hosting a concert featuring artists from the house music record label 100% Silk.
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- Oakland Reaches $32.7 Million Settlement in Ghost Ship Fire Lawsuityoutube.com
Sep 05, 2019 · Pelosi: Negotiators need to freeze framework of stimulus (CNN) A jury on Thursday found one man not guilty of 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 fire at Oakland's Ghost Ship...
Jul 17, 2020 · Oakland settles lawsuits over deadly 'Ghost Ship' fire for $32.7 million The fire at the 2016 warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" killed 36 people. One person was acquitted, and another faces a...
Oct 01, 2020 · OAKLAND — The fire department is failing to inspect hundreds of schools and apartment buildings as required by state law and despite promises to fix problems exposed after the deadly 2016 Ghost...
Jul 17, 2020 · The city of Oakland has settled a lawsuit with the victims of the 2016 "Ghost Ship" fire that killed 36 people. The total settlement is for $32.7 million — $23.5 million will go to families of...
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Oct 04, 2019 · California Retrial in Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 set for March 2020 Derick Ion Almena, shown in December 2016, was the property manager at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland.
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The photo that first circulated of Derick Almena, the landlord of the Ghost Ship, the Oakland performance space and group house where thirty-six people were killed in a fire, on the night of December 2nd, was a mug shot from a 2015 arrest. The photo gave him a kind of demonic glaze. Almena came into fuller view on Tuesday, when he gave an interview to the Today show, in which Matt Lauer pressed him about whether the building had been a safe place to hold a party. Almena defended himself on that count, saying that when hed rented the warehouse it had been legal, though the space had also been much modified since. He seemed more focussed on the matter of his moral culpability. I lay my three children down there every night, Almena said.
More important, as regards the fire, Almena seems to have been a negligent landlord. A former tenant recalled Almena making repairs on the buildinghammer in hand, high on meth. (Almena has not given many interviews, and did not respond to this allegation.) It was kind of exciting at first and then quickly became terrifying, a former tenant, Jay Marsh, told the Los Angeles Times. Marsh said that, for the four months he lived at the Ghost Ship, he slept with a fire extinguisher beside him every night. When there were parties, Marsh said, he would either not come home or stay in my bed hoping nothing caught fire. After the fire, it turned out that no building inspector had examined the structure in three decades. (Two weeks earlier, following complaints that trash had been left outside, an inspector had tried to enter an adjoining lot, but could not get past the fence.) Some visitors found the interior maze-like, and said it was hard to identify an exit. \\"I got lost there the first time I went in,\\" one resident recalled. Officials, investigating, could find no evidence of fire alarms.
For a long time, people said that every story about New York was, in the end, a real-estate story. Lately, that has become something people say about the Bay Area, too. The dominant story of San Francisco has been about the conflict between its culture and its economy, in which the artists and dissidents it once prized have been pushed out (to Oakland, and beyond) as the tech industrys employees and investors have moved in. If you have this story in mind, then an event like the Ghost Ship fire might seem almost inevitable, a consequence of a housing market that forces people who badly want to live in the metropolis to its less stable fringe. The New York Times has supplemented its coverage of the fire with a rolling solicitation for first-person, multimedia contributions. One question that the paper asked was What does this story tell us about gentrification in the city? By last Monday, building inspectors (the city has only eleven, for four hundred thousand residents) had been sent to five other warehouses suspected of illegally housing people. A Times reporter who visited an Oakland performance space called the Deathtrap found its residents anxious about a crackdown. A leading figure in the citys artistic scene, named Matt Hummel, told the paper that people were scrubbing their Facebook feeds of mentions of similar places, and communicating through an encrypted messaging system. If that seemed a little extreme, then it was also a sign of their sense of their vulnerabilityto the authorities, but also to the market. They wanted to make clear that one dangerous warehouse did not necessarily mean that others pose a similar riskthat Almenas building had been a special case. The Ghost Ship may have been a death trap, the Oakland artists seemed to want to say, but the Deathtrap was fine.
A country is a fragile project, as liberal Americans have recently been reminded. So is a city. It requires that we get not just the big things right (that the people who are lured to the city, for instance, have somewhere safe to live) but the little ones as wellthat pianos not be left near exits, that piles of construction wood not be left near burning cigarettes, that, if tenants are spooked enough to sleep with fire extinguishers next to them, the landlord realize that something is terribly wrong. And that there be enough building inspectors for a big place with rented rooms to be checked on more than once every thirty years.
Jun 27, 2019 · What’s known for sure is that something somehow caught fire in Ghost Ship around 11:20 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, and within minutes, 36 people were dead. What’s also apparent is that the question at the heart of the tragedy — who is to blame? — lingers unanswered in Oakland almost two years later.
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