4th body found after Oakland fire
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 20:11
The Oakland Fire Prevention Bureau received a referral about problems at the San Pablo Avenue building from an engine company following a service call on February 25. A second victim has been identified as Cassandra Robertson, 50, who also lived in the building. How many more people will die due to Oakland's dysfunctional fire- and code-inspection system?
That fire brought intense scrutiny on the city's fire department, inspection programs and underground housing stock. The warehouse housed an artists' collective. Tenants were resisting the eviction, which raises concerns about the nature of the fire, according to the East Bay Express.
Firefighters said on Twitter that crews were being withdrawn from the building after the roof and some floors were "compromised".
Residents of the building went as far as acquiring a restraining order against Kim.
Jones said he was awakened early this morning by people shouting "fire" and "get out" in the hallway outside of his second floor unit. "It's a deathtrap in there", he said. Kirsten Evans, 52, said she is paying $1,100 a month for a small studio apartment without a kitchen in the building.
Video footage on local media showed smoke billowing into the sky from the building as firefighters poured water onto the flames. Four residents were hospitalized with minor injuries.
The fire broke out about 6 a.m.at the building off Interstate 980, according to the Oakland Fire Department.
The building passed the 2010 and 2012 inspections, data show, but the 2015 inspection was listed with a result of a "referral". Fire Marshall Miguel Trujillo did not return messages Monday. There were a total of 86 tenants, 85 of whom have been displaced, according to Battalion Chief Erik Logan.
The building department also has an open investigation into complaints of "no working heat throughout the building, electrical issues and a large pest infestation", city records show.
On Feb. 23, a neighbor complained that there were large amounts of trash and debris, building materials and furniture on the back of the property.
Residents were caught in the middle of a dispute between Kim and the center after Kim sought to evict Urojas in the wake of the Ghost Ship fire.
She paid $550 a month for a room on the first floor, Taylor said.
The primary tenant in the building has been identified as Urojas Community Services, which offers transitional housing. Three nonprofits provided low-income housing in the building. He said crews rescued seven people.
"It's an old building", he said.
"Fire is a great motivator", he said. Not long afterward, the intimidation began, Corley said.
Residents said they didn't see or feel any sprinklers as they ran out, and no one reported hearing fire alarms in the three-story building that housed people recovering from addiction, prison and life on the streets. "They removed food, beds and any other items that they could find", Corley wrote.
"I think there were a lot of issues going on in that building", Cook said.