Rep. Barbara Lee issues statement commemorating Ghost Ship Fire anniversary

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, issued a statement to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Ghost Ship Fire that took the lives of 36 people in Oakland last year.

"My thoughts and prayers remain with the survivors and the families of victims who are still healing from this horrific tragedy," Lee said.

"The Ghost Ship Fire was an unimaginable disaster," Lee said.

Citing a silver lining of the inferno, "Yet in the face of this horrendous disaster I have been awed by the compassion and perseverance displayed by our East Bay family," Lee said.

The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2016 at 1305 31st Ave., at a warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" that was being used by an artist collective and was hosting a party with musical acts.