What do you know about the 2016 Ghost Ship fire, which started on the night of December 2, 2016 at an artists collective known as the Oakland Ghost Ship at a performance of "Golden Donna 100% Silk 2016 West Coast Tour".
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You can call the coroner's bureau to inquire about missing persons at 510-382-3000.
Timeline: 2016 Ghost Ship fire
Vibrant arts scene helped re-energize Oakland, but fire spreads fear of crackdown East Bay Times. “There’s going to be a draconian overreaction to shut everything down,” said Dunn, 42, who has attended events at the collective in the Fruitvale neighborhood. “That would only add to the tragedy.”
City Council President and D3 rep Lynette McElhaney blamed "anarchist rejection of regulation" for the conditions leading up to the fire, in a callous tweet while bodies were still being counted: "#ghostshipfire reveals lots of complex issues. #OakCity capacity, anarchist rejection of regulation, lawlessness as lifestyle, hsg crisis" (archived as mcelhaney_callous_ghostshipfire_tweet.png)
Death toll reaches 30 in Oakland warehouse fire; coroner seeking DNA samples. East Bay Times. "The building is owned by Chor N. Ng, of Oakland, but former residents say Derick Alemany and his wife, Micah, were raising three young children there, although they weren’t in the building when the fire broke out. The couple were the creative force behind the labyrinthine menagerie and collected monthly rent from other artists of between $300 and $600. They held dance parties with live electronic music and charged at the door to help raise money for rent."
Death toll hits 30 in inferno at art studio 'horror house', Associated Press. "The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party jumped to 30 on Sunday as firefighters painstakingly combed through rubble for others believed to still be missing."
- Inside the Oakland Party Fire: One Rickety Staircase In a ‘Tinderbox’. The Daily Beast
- Oakland: At least 9 dead, 25 missing after massive fire at live-work space party, East Bay Times
Oakland officials recently cited owner of warehouse that was scene of deadly fire, East Bay Times. "The building’s owner is listed as Chor N. Ng of Oakland, according to property records. She bought the warehouse in 1997."
- Building of fatal fire was known as ‘The Oakland Ghost Ship’, SFGate
- 9 dead, 25 unaccounted for in three-alarm Oakland fire, KTVU
TMZ on Dec. 4, 2016:
"The new wave of outrage in Oakland's tragic warehouse fire is against Derick Ion -- the guy who ran the art commune that turned into a death trap ... and TMZ has learned he's already had legal troubles.
Ion wrote a Facebook post saying the the fire -- which most likely killed more than 50 people -- has left him "standing now in poverty of self worth." He was grateful his wife and kids were safe, but his focus seemed to be mostly on losing stuff he "worked so hard for"... and now he's getting blasted." http://theowlnews.com/146_World_Oakland-Rave-Fire-Commune-Leader-Derick-Ion-Whines-About-Losing-Stuff/
from a person who's had dealings with Ion and his space (and has read facebook and yelp):
there were a LOT of people who called out the safety problems of the place just before the party as well as for YEARS now, and the piece of shit patriarch Derick Ion literally laughed off fire dangers even before this party, people were saying it was dangerous and he pushed back.
by the way, he has a nasty habit of demanding double or triple payment when the party is over and holding all the equipment hostage, he tried that with spaz in 2014 and there's a yelp review from 2015 where he did it to someone, probably he did it all the time. there could be something online about what happened with spaz in April 2014 on facebook but i don't know. basically he tried to say that he was keeping the soundsystem and the bus unless he got all the money instead of his agreed-upon cut, and spaz just called up everybody to show up and 50 people came to help coil cords and carry speakers. but spaz is a collective with a lot of people who work together, professional party throwers like the ones who made that yelp review didn't have a giant crew of people to back them up, they just assumed business was business. who knows how many times he had pulled this kind of robbery.
he was charging people 500-600 to live in that warehouse in little rooms separated by carpet or wooden walls, there were people living in RVs parked in the building, he was probably taking in many times the amount of rent that he was paying on the space.
this guy was a serious piece of shit, who gloated that he was the intellectual descendant of "charles manson, hitler, and pol-pot". when he was placed on probation for receiving stolen property, he bragged that as long as he checked in with his PO and peed in a cup, he could "get away with murder". he ACTIVELY resisted efforts to make the place less dangerous, he LIKED it that way.