Fire at warehouse trapped people on second floor

A fire inspector had been in the structure but details of his report were not immediately available, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The dance party was held on the second floor, which partially collapsed. The building, owned by a notorious slumlord, has dozens of open violations.

Chelsea Dolan of San Francisco, Nick Gomez-Hall of Coronado, Michela Gregory of South San Francisco, Sara Hoda of Walnut Creek, Jennifer Morris of Foster City, Riley Fritz of Berkeley and Brandon Chase Wittenauer of Hayward have also been officially identified.

"Some of the trash was hazardous", read a complaint dated November 13. Oakland police said that officers have responded to numerous calls about the warehouse in the past, but it is unclear how many. Days later, a city building inspector visited the property on November 17 and verified the blight complaint, but could not gain access to the building to confirm the other complaint regarding unpermitted construction.

Inspectors went to the property in November to investigate a complaint about blight and an illegal structure in the lot next door, he said.

"There is no determination of origin or cause to this fire", said Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed.

Firefighters have not been able to search the entire building as of Tuesday, Dec. 6 and have yet to determine the cause of the fire but there are reports authorities are looking at electricity from a faulty refrigerator may have sparked the fire. The 10,000-square-foot (900-square-metre) building lacked sprinklers and smoke detectors, and wooden pallets partially formed a makeshift stairway between the first and second floors, officials have said.

"There was rapid fire progression", she said. Derick Ion Almena had rented the space.

According to NBC News, 35 of the 36 victims have been identified.

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"I am not prepared to draw conclusions from the history", Schaaf said.

"Everything I did was to make this a stronger, more attractive community".

Almena denounced accusations that he spent more money on parties at the warehouse than on repairs. I just want to make that clarification. Ray Kelly said that some of the victims texted relatives, "I'm going to die", and "I love you".

"I'm a father. I laid my three children down there every night".

It is not clear if Almena will face criminal charges.

Alameda County sheriff's spokesman Sgt.

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, who is from Oakland, wrote on Instagram that he had many years ago "lived in warehouses and communal spaces like Ghost Ship". The last permitted use of the building was as a warehouse, according to a press release from the City of Oakland. City officials didn't sign off on a special permit for the Friday event, Ranelletti said.

People dancing on the second floor of the Oakland warehouse that burned down last week didn't know a deadly fire was raging inside the building until it was too late, officials said. The declaration must be ratified by the City Council this week to become official.

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