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Oakland Warehouse Fire Lawsuits Begin As Expected

The first pair of wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed on behalf of the victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California during a dance party on December 2. Officials say 36 people died in the blaze.

According to reports, the Ghost Ship was much more than just a simple warehouse. It was a well-known “live-work” warehouse. Artists used a portion of the main floor as studio space and dozens reportedly lived there. Dance parties typically occurred on the second floor.

The lawsuits claim the building was a death trap. It was in violation of city codes and under dangerous conditions that included exposed dangling wires, makeshift heating from propane tanks, no running water, no sprinkler system, non-working smoke alarms, no fire extinguishers, and a labyrinth of flammable materials. The second floor was only reachable by a rickety staircase made of pallets. Once the fire broke out, it was impossible for most of the people inside to escape.

The suits name the building’s owner, the landlord, event promoters, and neighboring landlords who according to the lawsuits were supplying electricity to the warehouse. The plaintiffs seek unspecified damages. An attorney for the plaintiffs said he plans to file a separate claim against the city of Oakland and County of Alameda for negligence. Both could be held liable if it is found that municipal inspectors missed or never performed inspections and code enforcements.

A big factor in determining liability is trying to determine – Who knew what? Who ignored what? Who completely disregarded what? The plaintiffs will undoubtedly wait a long time for lawsuit resolution as the culpable parties try their hardest to hide their involvement or shift blame onto others. Big businesses and the insurance companies don’t care that the injured and the families of the deceased will most likely suffer physically, emotionally, and financially. They don’t care if the bills get paid.

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