4th Body Located Inside Burned-Out Oakland Apartment Building

Three people were hospitalized and seven others rescued after crews responded to the building in the 2500 block of San Pablo Avenue, between Mead Avenue and Milton Street and adjacent to Interstate 980, Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Erik Logan said.

Officials said Tuesday that they believe all of the victims have been found after a fire broke out yesterday, destroying a West Oakland building and killing four people.

Of the three people who died in Monday's fire, the coroner's office confirmed the identity of one, 64-year-old Edwarn Anderson. He was one of two victims found dead on the building's second floor.

Approximately 50 to 60 people lived in the building, Logan said, and the Red Cross is helping those who were displaced.

The building has a long history of code complaints, according to documents released by the city's building code enforcement department.

The fire broke out almost four months after a warehouse called the Ghost Ship caught fire and 36 people died attending an unlicensed concert about 5 miles away from the site of Monday's blaze.

There were no immediate details as to where inside the building the body was discovered or if it was the body of a resident who has been missing since the blaze early Monday morning.

Records show the building has been the target of building department investigations and citations since 2010, when the city allowed the owner to convert the structure into transitional housing for recovering drug addicts, people struggling with homelessness and others. City records show the complaint was verified and a letter of violation sent to the building's owner.

The building on fire is reportedly an apartment building. Residents on Monday also echoed concerns about deplorable living conditions, including almost unpassable hallways filled with trash, tattered furniture and other debris.

Building inspectors found multiple fire code violations at a Northern California building just three days before a blaze on Monday killed three of the low-income residents. One of these landlords was the owner of the building that caught fire Monday.

Both Jones and Angie said they think the fire could have started in a second floor unit where a man had been burning candles but fire officials have not yet said what they think the cause is or where in the building the flames originated.

Officials said they received calls reporting the fire around 6 a.m. and crews were quickly on the scene. He also said there is no reason to believe foul play was involved in the fire, which remains under investigation.

Days after the warehouse fire, the owner of the building that burned Monday sent an eviction notice to Urojas Community Center, which had leased the first two floors of the three-story building, said James Cook, an attorney for the center. Urojas shared the property with two other nonprofits - House of Change and Dignity Housing West, according to Lowery - but it was the third floor that became a problem.

Dazed adults and children wrapped in Red Cross blankets milled in a parking lot as firefighters continued to pour water on a building had been their home until Monday's early morning blaze.

An Oakland Fire chief says one person has died in a fire Monday at a three-story residential building.

"This is another Ghost Ship because of the violations on the building, things aren't up to code and things weren't fixed, and that's always been a concern", Lowery said.

February 2017: Large amount of trash and debris, building materials, furniture in back of property.

  • Larry Hoffman