Oakland PD Mandates Reporting of Illegal Warehouses, Parties - NBC Bay Area


Oakland PD Mandates Reporting of Illegal Warehouses, Parties



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    The Ghost Ship warehouse caught fire during a party in December, killing 36 people.

    In the wake of a deadly warehouse fire in December, Oakland police are ordered to report any unpermitted living spaces in warehouses or illegal parties, according to an e-mail sent out Thursday by an assistant chief.

    The order requires officers to send an e-mail to command staff reporting a violation. In the future, the department is going to add a news section to its police report forms that will allow officers to check code violations and specify which other city departments need to be informed, according to officials.

    Oakland's city administrator late Thursday said the directive was prematurely distributed and retracted the order. City officials would not explain why the order was retracted.

    The move comes a week after public records reveal Oakland police responded to several calls at the warehouse called the Ghost Ship in the Fruitvale neighborhood, but never reported the illegal residents.

    On Dec. 2, 36 people died in a massive fire during a late-night party at the Ghost Ship, where several artists resided.

    Documents have shown Oakland police responded to an illegal rave at the warehouse in 2015, and the department received 18 calls to the warehouse dating back to 2007.

    City officials said building inspectors never set foot inside the Ghost Ship warehouse in 30 years.

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