Oakland city officials say there are dozens of warehouses similar to the one that burned over the weekend, leaving dozens dead. Officials say warehouse conversions such as the “Ghost Ship” art collective are common throughout the city.
Officials even admitted knowing there were problems with the warehouse on 31st Avenue, where the tragic fire took place. And they know of other similar locations around Oakland zoned for commercial but where people have taken up residence.
As fire inspectors climbed over and through what’s left of the warehouse, families and friends of those missing and presumed dead carried flowers and heavy hearts outside.
Meanwhile, only blocks away from the tragic scene, City Councilman Noel Gallo showed NBC Bay Area several other warehouses where he says similar conditions exist and people live in blighted and unsafe conditions without proper permits.
“I’ll point them out to you. There’s several like that,” he said.
A lifelong resident of Oakland, Gallo represents the Fruitvale area and lives only a couple of blocks from the warehouse where nearly three dozen souls lost their lives.
Gallo said the other warehouses are not permitted for residential, just as the Ghost Ship wasn’t.
So why not do anything about it?
“Well, that’s where we are going to…