A popular, artist-inspired warehouse known as ‘Ghost Ship’ set fire over the weekend. The fire broke out during an electronic house party which was taken place in an open space on the second floor. Unfortunately, the second story was only accessible by a single wooden staircase.
There were 33 confirmed dead, and the death toll was expected to rise as the crews were searching through the burnt down warehouse. When firefighters arrived on scene, it was deemed too unsafe for them to enter the blazing building. CNN stated, “The death toll is expected to rise as crews search the wreckage of the two-story building, which burst into flames late Friday night. Only about 30% of the building had been searched as of Sunday afternoon.” Once the search was complete, there were 36 confirmed dead. Firefighters were using buckets and shovels to take out the debris and search through the warehouse. CNN stated that there were more than 20 people living in the warehouse who contribute monthly rent as well as the creatives for the space. Darin Ranelletti, Oakland’s interim director of planning and building, told reporters Saturday, the city had only approved permits for the building to be used as a warehouse, not for residences, CNN.
The owners of the warehouse were aware of the hazards, as they received a notification of the city code violations in November of this year. This tragedy is more than a nightmare. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers send our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the people who passed away. If you or a loved one has been injured or passed away due to someone else’s negligence, call 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free consultation today.