Monthly Archives: December 2016

Multiple Lawsuits Filed After Oakland Ghost Ship Fire Claims More Than 30 Lives

Late on Friday, December 2, a fire broke out that would consume much of an Oakland warehouse dubbed the “Ghost Ship” by tenants and neighbors. The fire took the lives of many attending a music event, including Michela Gregory and Griffin Madden.

Now, a CNN story reports that lawsuits have been filed after the Oakland Ghost Ship fire claims more than 30 lives. Mary Alexander, a San Francisco attorney, has filed lawsuits on behalf of the families of both individuals. The legal documents allege that acts of gross negligence by a number of individuals and entities contributed to the calamity. Entire blog

Ghost Ship Lawsuit Filed After Tragic Oakland Warehouse Fire

The parents of a young lady and man that were killed in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire have filed a lawsuit against the owner and operators of the Oakland warehouse for maintaining an unlawful “death trap” that caught fire and killed 36 people.

The Ghost Ship lawsuit was filed in the Alameda County Superior Court by the parents of 23-year-old Griffin Madden and 20-year-old Michela Gregory. The lawsuit is the first one filed since the blaze spread through the Oakland warehouse during an electronic music event held there on December 2, 2016. Entire blog

Oakland Warehouse Fire

An Oakland warehouse fire broke out on December 2, claiming the lives of over 30 people. The warehouse was known as the Ghostship. It was a work-live space that more than two dozen people called home. Artists and others, looking for affordable rent in the Bay Area, used the space as their art studio and many people lived there to avoid paying costly rent elsewhere.

On the night of the deadly fire, a dance party was being hosted on the upper floor of the building. Frequent parties were held there to raise money in order to keep rents low for the people that lived and worked in the warehouse. The City of Oakland has confirmed that the permits issued to the building only allowed for use as a warehouse.

In November, the City of Oakland received several complaints of trash and debris outside of the Ghostship warehouse and also complaints of unpermitted construction on the property and inside of the building. An inspector visited the premises and confirmed that there was trash and debris outside of the building that posed a hazard. An investigator was sent back to the property and attempted to gain access to the building but was unable to do so.
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Tragic Oakland Fire Kills Dozens

As of early Monday, December 5, firefighters had recovered the remains of 36 individuals lost in what is described as one of California’s worst building fires in modern history. Most victims of the Oakland fire were reportedly in their teens, twenties, and thirties. A spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department said that one of the victims was the son of a deputy.

Dozens Attending Dance Party

The horrific Oakland fire happened at a warehouse dubbed the “Ghost Ship” in the past. It hosted artist studios and an underground nightclub. Approximately 100 partygoers were in attendance when the early weekend fire erupted right around midnight, according to Fox News. Entire blog

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