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Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
Developer Insists Warehouses Can Be Converted Safely

Developer Insists Warehouses Can Be Converted Safely

While many point fingers at city officials for lack of inspection, Developer John Protopappas says warehouse owners need to step up and take responsibility for building safety. Read More

Investigations
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
Timeline: City Has Been Fighting Warehouse Owners for Years

Timeline: City Has Been Fighting Warehouse Owners for Years

The Investigative Unit compiled this interactive timeline documenting every known interaction city officials had with the Ng family leading up to the deadliest fire in Oakland’s history. Read More

Investigations
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
Violations Revealed at Warehouse Nicknamed 'Deathtrap'

Violations Revealed at Warehouse Nicknamed 'Deathtrap'

The fatal Oakland warehouse fire is stirring concern in Oakland’s art community about crackdown on alternative living spaces. The Investigative Unit has been reviewing records for warehouses in live/work spaces in Oakland... Read More

Investigations
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
Fire Inspectors Hadn't Been to Oakland Warehouse in a Decade

Fire Inspectors Hadn't Been to Oakland Warehouse in a Decade

There is no record over the last decade that shows that Oakland fire inspectors had even been inside the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse where a fire claimed 36 lives last week. Read More

Investigations
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016
Fence Deterred Code Enforcement From Inspecting Warehouse

Fence Deterred Code Enforcement From Inspecting Warehouse

Oakland code enforcement officials blamed a chain link fence for blocking their view and preventing an investigation into a complaint against the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse building just weeks before the deadly fire at... Read More

Investigations
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016
Investigators Eye Appliances, Electrical Cords as Fire Cause

Investigators Eye Appliances, Electrical Cords as Fire Cause

Federal investigators continue to arrive at the Oakland warehouse, searching for clues about how the fire started. The Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confirmed... Read More

Investigations
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016
Legal Battle Brewing Over Who's Accountable for Oakland Fire

Legal Battle Brewing Over Who's Accountable for Oakland Fire

NBC Bay Area's Investigative Unit has learned that several families of victims from the deadly Oakland warehouse fire have already contacted attorneys. Read More

Investigations
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016
Oakland Leaders Call for Probe Into Illegal Live-Work Spaces

Oakland Leaders Call for Probe Into Illegal Live-Work Spaces

Oakland city leaders on Tuesday called for an independent investigation and pledged immediate action regarding other buildings throughout the city that are similar to the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse, where at least 36 people... Read More

Investigations
Monday, Dec 5, 2016
Illegal, Makeshift Housing Widespread in Oakland

Illegal, Makeshift Housing Widespread in Oakland

Friday’s tragic fire exposed a widespread problem that Oakland residents have been complaining about for years. The artist warehouse is currently under investigation for potential housing and building code violations. Read More

Investigations
Monday, Dec 5, 2016
Oakland Artists Fear Fire Fallout Will Impact Their Lives

Oakland Artists Fear Fire Fallout Will Impact Their Lives

The fatal fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland has put a glaring spotlight on the city's art community. Many are now fearful about the fallout from scrutiny into similar converted live-work spaces. Read More

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