Authorities continue efforts to comb through the rubble of the burnt Warehouse,
where a massive fire claimed the lives of more than 30 people. According
to reports, the fire broke out at an electronic music party that was being
held at a warehouse - the Ghostship - a two story building which was operating
as a residence and artist studio without proper permits.
Recovery efforts are slow due to the instability of the building, noted
a spokesperson for the Alameda County Sheriffs office. It is unknown how
many people were at the party when the fire broke out. Families of those
unaccounted for wait anxiously for news concerning their loved ones.
While the investigation continues, many wonder who is to blame for the
tragedy. Often many factors play a role, and several different players
may be found responsible. For example, it would be important to examine
the owners role in the tragedy/ Was he aware that people were living there
and using it as a concert venue? According to reports the city had received
reports that people had been living there illegally and had initiated
an investigation. Further, the “Ghost Ship” was under investigation
by city building inspectors just weeks ago amid reports of blight and
illegal structures inside. When they knocked on the door to get inside
the building Nov. 17, however, no one answered, so they left, according
to city officials. Did the city and any other governmental body do all
it should have done?
However, much of the blame publicly has been on Derick and Micah Alemany,
who managed the property. The couple lived at the Ghost Ship and collected
monthly rent from other artists. They routinely held dance parties with
live electronic music and charged at the door to help raise money for
rent. Many who lived there described the interior as filthy and a firetrap,
with frequent power outages, overloaded outlets, sparks and the smell
of burning wire. Investigation into this tragedy continues.
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