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  • Judge orders Derick Almena, Max Harris to trial for Ghost Ship deaths

    12/15/2017 11:09:36 AM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 14, 2017 | Jenna Lyons
    Two men will face trial on 36 counts each of involuntary manslaughter in the Ghost Ship fire after an Alameda County Superior Court judge determined Thursday that there was sufficient evidence in the case. Prosecutors say Max Harris and Derick Almena created a firetrap at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. The men, prosecutors allege, rented the space for an electronic music show on Dec. 2, 2016, that drew dozens of partygoers — 36 died in the burning building, which was not permitted for shows or residency and had no sprinklers, fire escapes or marked exits. Witnesses told...
  • ‘It is horrifying’: Oakland officials respond to fire findings

    07/17/2017 4:27:36 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 17, 2017 | Matthias Gafni
    OAKLAND — Officials in this fire-ravaged city reacted with alarm Monday over a report by this news organization that almost 80 percent of firefighter referrals to inspect dangerous conditions went ignored over the last six years. “It is horrifying,” Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan said of the investigation’s findings. “In fact, one of the issues (the story) identified is how it gets decided who gets inspected.” In January, a month after the Ghost Ship warehouse fire killed 36 people, Kaplan proposed reprioritizing which businesses get inspected.
  • (12/05/16) Month Old Oakland Fire Article: More than 30 dead after fire in artist's warehouse

    01/09/2017 3:23:14 AM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 9 replies
    More than 30 dead in fire at artists’ warehouse in California | At least 36 people have died after a fire broke out in a warehouse that was home to an artists’ collective in Oakland, California. According to The Art Newspaper, the fire began during a party at the complex on Friday night, engulfing the entire building. The warehouse, known as the ‘Ghost Ship’, housed multiple studios where artists produced work in a variety of media. The New York Times reported on Sunday that the premises had been under investigation by health and safety officials for code violations: the property...
  • Families of 2 Oakland warehouse fire victims file 1st lawsuits

    12/24/2016 3:52:21 PM PST · by SteveH · 17 replies
    Sfgate ^ | 12/23/2016 | Kimberly veklerov
    Parents of a young woman and man who were killed in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire sued the owner and operators of the converted warehouse Friday for maintaining a “death trap” that caused 36 people to lose their lives.
  • Oakland "Ghost Ship" warehouse co-op leader's lawyers blame government for fire

    12/20/2016 6:33:33 PM PST · by SteveH · 15 replies
    cbs news ^ | December 20, 2016
    Attorneys for master tenant Derick Ion Almena at the “Ghost Ship” warehouse in Oakland where 36 people died in a fire Dec. 2 issued a statement Monday saying he didn’t engage in criminal misconduct and alleging that government agencies are responsible for the fire. High profile attorney Tony Serra and colleagues Jeffrey Krasnoff and Kyndra Miller also alleged that the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, which is conducting a criminal investigation into the fire, has a conflict of interest, reports CBS San Francisco. The attorneys said they would be the courtroom attorneys for Almena, 46, if any charges are filed...
  • Survivor who jumped from Ghost Ship window recalls fire horror

    12/20/2016 1:27:17 PM PST · by SteveH · 16 replies
    san francisco chronicle ^ | December 19, 2016 8:58am | Kimberly Veklerov
    "I shouldn't be alive, and I've lit 36 candles every day since," Aaron Marin said, referring to the 36 people who lost their lives in the Ghost Ship fire. He has returned to his Portland, Ore., home, but is deeply shaken by his experience in Oakland. "I shouldn't be alive, and I've lit 36 candles every day since," Aaron Marin said, referring to the 36 people who lost their lives in the Ghost Ship fire. He has returned to his Portland, Ore., home, but is deeply shaken by his experience in Oakland. Just before the Ghost Ship lost power, a...
  • Gender-fluid times require education, acceptance

    12/17/2016 7:38:43 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 72 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 12/17/16 | Tammerlin Drummond
    Kris Gambardella didn’t know Feral Pines, one of the 36 people who died in the Dec. 2 Ghost Ship fire in Oakland. But when Pines, a 29-year-old transgender woman, was identified in official accounts by the male name she had been given at birth, Gambardella, who is a trans man, took it personally.
  • Oakland fire: Ghost Ship owner has business license on warehouse

    12/16/2016 10:45:46 AM PST · by SteveH · 11 replies
    san jose mercury news ^ | dec. 16, 2016 | david debolt, matthias gafni
    OAKLAND — The owner of the Ghost Ship warehouse where 36 people perished earlier this month has had a business license at that Fruitvale address for more than two decades, a city official confirmed Thursday, yet firefighters charged with inspecting Oakland’s commercial businesses never reviewed the building. Chor Ng, 62, filed for the business license in 1995 on her property at 1315 31st Ave., writing on the form that she wanted to operate a “commercial rental,” said Margaret O’Brien, Oakland’s revenue and tax administrator. The property owner was up to date on her annual business taxes, O’Brien said.
  • Why the Ghost Ship 'slipped through the cracks' of Oakland inspectors despite repeated safety...

    12/13/2016 6:45:36 PM PST · by SteveH · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 10, 2016 | Joseph Serna, Richard Winton, Ben Poston and Veronica Rocha
    The fact that the warehouse was not on the fire inspection system is puzzling because the city Fire Prevention Bureau is required to conduct annual inspections of all commercial buildings and multifamily residences, according to city ordinance. Some former residents described the warehouse as a cluttered “death trap” lacking fire sprinklers and filled with debris and exposed wires. Some said they made complaints to the city. People rented space in the building even though it was zoned only for warehouse use. The death toll from the fire was so high because the warehouse was hosting an unpermitted concert that night....
  • Residents of Oakland warehouses fear 'witch hunt' after fatal fire

    12/12/2016 5:42:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    L A Times ^ | 12/12/2016 | Soumya Karlamangla, Javier Panzar and Paige St. John
    As Oakland’s tightknit arts community continues to grapple with dozens of deaths in the Ghost Ship warehouse blaze, it is also being roiled by heightened scrutiny over the safety of similar living spaces. ... “We’ve been in the shadows for a long time for a reason ... and it worked really great for a lot of people for a long time until this one incident,” said Scrivani, a photographer who also produces art shows. “Right now the spotlight is on us.” ... Sam Lefebvre, a music journalist who has been covering the fire for the weekly East Bay Express newspaper...
  • Oakland fire: The last hours of the Ghost Ship

    12/11/2016 1:34:21 PM PST · by SteveH · 29 replies
    East Bay Times ^ | PUBLISHED: December 11, 2016 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: December 11, 2016 at 7:07 am | Julia Prodis Sulek and Matthias Gafni
    Max Ohr considered himself the creative director, the “go-to guy,” the “camp counselor” at the Ghost Ship warehouse, and on that Friday night, he was also the doorman. He had spent the day getting ready for an electronic music party upstairs, arranging the sound system and cleaning up the fantastical bohemian space where he and about two dozen of his fellow artists lived. Before 9 p.m., the lanky jewelry maker with a scraggly beard and crescent tattoo on his cheekbone began welcoming visitors. They arrived in small groups, more than 100 guests in all from a tight-knit music and art...
  • Ghost Ship fire exposes war between Oakland fire chief, union

    12/11/2016 6:03:34 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 11, 2016 | Matier & Ross
    The disastrous Ghost Ship fire has intensified long-simmering tensions between Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed and the city’s firefighters union, which for years has been lobbying behind the scenes to get her fired. At the same time, however, African American community leaders are coming to the chief’s defense, complaining that Mayor Libby Schaaf’s administration may be setting her up to take the blame for the deadly fire.
  • Mayor of Oakland warns against ‘scapegoating’ lavishly paid city employees who failed to inspect...

    12/09/2016 10:22:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | December 9, 2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Full title: Mayor of Oakland warns against ‘scapegoating’ lavishly paid city employees who failed to inspect deathtrap warehouse in 30 years. The Ghost Ship warehouse/artists’ colony fire makes for a compelling drama. And everyone knows that for a drama, you need villains, especially when a tragedy is as vivid as the horrible deaths of 36 mostly young adult creative explorers. The mainstream media found a ready made figure in Derick Almena, the man who rented the warehouse and set up the colony, whose solipsistic tweets focused on his own suffering not the fire victims. His appearance on the Today Show...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Filth, chaos, weird religious symbols, feral animals and orgies - inside Oakland

    12/06/2016 10:51:25 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 46 replies ^ | Ryan Perry
    The footage and photos, obtained exclusively by, shows the living quarters of some of the residents of the building known as the Oakland Ghost Ship. While photos on the art collective's website show an eclectic and creative space for artists and musicians, the reality of life behind the scenes in this dilapidated building is horrific. Dark and dingy rooms don't look fit for humans, with exposed electrical wires and panels, venting pipes and piles of junk and old clothes everywhere. Tenant Shelley Mack, who disclosed the pictures to also revealed that there were three fires while she lived...
  • Mummified body of German adventurer is found inside yacht drifting off the Philippines

    02/29/2016 10:59:20 AM PST · by PROCON · 57 replies ^ | Feb. 29, 2016 | y ALLAN HALL and GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE
    This is the mummified body of a German adventurer who was found dead drifting on his abandoned yacht at the weekend off the coast of southern Philippines. Manfred Fritz Bajorat, 59, was discovered by two fishermen aboard his yacht in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Barobo town in Surigao del Sur. His body was sitting near to the radio telephone as if he was trying one last desperate Mayday call to save himself when he died.
  • A ghost ship filled with cannibal rats may be headed straight for Britain

    01/23/2014 6:12:26 PM PST · by Lorianne · 60 replies
    Salon ^ | 23 January 2014 | Lindsay Abrams
    According to “experts,” a 1,565-ton cruise liner carrying disease-ridden rats is out there, somewhere, and could very well be headed for Britain. The ship, which went missing a year ago, has presumably been drifting across the North Atlantic ever since. The Independent‘s account of what happened next is based in some true facts, and then fluffed up with a lot of conjecture. Here’s what appears to be going on: Not made-up: ghost ships. That’s just the term used for ships with no living crew aboard, and according to Quartz, they’re not that rare — sailors have spotted at least seven...
  • 'Ghost Ship' Lyubov Orlova - Abandoned Cruise Ship Filled w/ Cannibal Rats Headed for British Shore

    01/23/2014 7:11:09 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | January 23, 2014, | Stephen Rex Brown
    Abandoned cruise ship filled with cannibal rats headed for British shore The Lyubov Orlova has been detected off the coast of Scotland. Its only passengers are demented, disease-ridden rats feeding off each other. An abandoned cruise liner teeming with inbred cannibal rats is adrift in the Atlantic Ocean and possibly about to run aground on Britain’s coastline, according to a new report. The Lyubov Orlova has been drifting east from Canadian waters since last year. Newly detected beacons off the dilapidated vessel’s rescue boats indicate it is was recently off the west coast of Scotland, raising concerns it could run...
  • US (Coast Guard) to Sink Ghost Ship Dislodged by Japan Tsunami

    04/05/2012 11:14:54 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Associated Press
    US to sink ghost ship dislodged by Japan tsunami The U.S. Coast Guard plans to use explosives to sink a derelict Japanese ship dislodged by last year's massive tsunami. The shrimping vessel, which has no lights or communications systems, was floating about 195 miles south of Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska on Thursday morning, traveling about 1 mile per hour. The ship holds more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and authorities are concerned it could interfere with the course of other vessels as it drifts through shipping lanes. A Coast Guard cutter was headed out to the ship...
  • 'Ghost ship' off Canada heralds arrival of tsunami debris

    03/27/2012 7:16:37 PM PDT · by Rabin · 23 replies
    news.discovery ^ | Sat Mar 24, 2012 | Analysis by Ian O'Neill
    As an eerie reminder of the tragedy that befell the Japanese people more than 12 months ago, a 150-foot Japanese fishing boat has been spotted on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, floating aimlessly off the coast of the Haida Gwaii islands, British Columbia. In the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011, up to 8 million tons of wreckage was washed out to sea -- 2 million of which is thought to still be floating...
  • Carolina Ghost Tales: <i>The Ship Of Fire

    The Ship of Fire On a certain evening every year, at the mouth of the wide Neuse River, a large bright object speeds into view.  It looks like a sailing ship being destroyed by fire, its deck and masts in blazing outline.  The apparition disappears, then reappears, then again disappears for another year.  It burns furiously but is not consumed. It is the ship of the Palatines.  The Palatines were a group of German Protestants who left England in 1710 to settle New Bern.  As the vessel crossed the Atlantic, the prosperous Palatines, pretending to be poor, hid their gold...