No fire alarms at Oakland warehouse as officials probe cause

- Authorities held a news conference Wednesday afternoon with details on their investigation into the Oakland warehouse fire.

According to authorities, a cause of the fire has not been determined. Investigators are examining a refrigerator, but at this point, the refrigerator has not been determined the origin of the fire.

There is no evidence at this time that the fire was arson, although arson has not been ruled out completely.

Investigators have learned the fire started on first floor, and there were no fire alarms in the building. There were two internal stairwells, but neither went to an exit. As smoke went up stairwells, it trapped the occupants on the second floor

The Ghost Ship fire has the highest number of fire fatalities in the country in the past 13 years. The last fire with more fatalities was in January of 2003 at the Station Nightclub in Rhode Island when 100 people were killed.

The refrigerator is been examined, but has not been determined as the cause of the fire. 

ATF has been on the scene as a support role to the Oakland Fire Department.

Earlier in the morning authorities announced the search for bodies inside the burned is now over. Thirty six people lost their lives in the fire, and they don't expect to find any more victims.

The investigation continues into the cause of this fire, and any criminal charges that may stem from it.

We're also getting a new look at some of the conditions inside the warehouse and artists collective.

We've heard from Shelley Mack before, a former resident of the Ghost Ship collective. But she is now sharing video of the conditions she lived in at the warehouse.

Video shows one of the communal areas near the bathrooms residents shared.

She described electrical wires, water all over the floor with propane tanks heating the water and large items blocking the doorways.

The warehouse was zoned as a commercial building. No one was supposed to be living inside.

But Mack says the lease-holder, Derick Almena, would rent out trailers and RVs inside the warehouse to struggling artists.  She says she reported problems with Almena and the living conditions to the police multiple times, but nothing was done.

Mack did not leave the collective on good terms. She says she was about to leave when she was kicked out. She recently found out Almena filed a restraining order against her.

But she says the shoddy conditions in her video speak for themselves.

List of victims released by authorities

  • Jason McCarty, 35
  • Wolfgang Renner, 61
  • Billy Dixon, 35, of Oakland
  • Johnny Igaz, 34 of Oakland
  • Amanda Kershaw, 34, of San Francisco
  • Ara Jo, 29, of Oakland
  • Griffin Madden, 23, of Berkeley
  • Vanessa Plotkin, 21, of Lakewood
  • Hanna Ruax, 32, of Finland
  • Nicole Siegrist, 29, of Oakland
  • Alex Vega, 22, from San Bruno
  • Cash Askew, 22
  • Em Bohlka, 33
  • David Cline, 24
  • Micah Danemayer. 28
  • Alex Ghassan, 35
  • Travis Hough, 35
  • Donna Kellogg, 32
  • Edmond Lapine, 34
  • Benjamin Runnels
  • Jennifer Kiyomi Tanouye
  • Chelsea Dolan, 33, of San Francisco
  • Nick Gomez-Hall, 25 of Coronado
  • Michela Gregory, 20, of South San Francisco
  • Sara Hoda, 30, of Walnut Creek
  • Jennifer Morris, 21, of Foster City
  • Feral Pines of Berkeley
  • Draven McGill, 17
  • Brandon Chase Wittenauer of Hayward

 

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