Associated Press has reported that Building inspectors found multiple fire code violations at an Oakland, California building just three days before a blaze erupted, killing three of the low-income residents.
Firefighters said on Twitter that crews were being withdrawn from the building after the roof and some floors were "compromised".
One of the dead was identified as Edwarn Anderson, 64, said Deputy S. Sobrero, a spokesman for the Alameda County Coroner's office. He said crews rescued seven people.
Logan says about 50 to 60 people lived in the West Oakland building, which housed people recovering from addiction. City records on the building that burned Monday show there was an open investigation into complaints about electrical issues, pests and lack of heat.
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The fire broke out almost four months after a warehouse called the Ghost Ship caught fire and killed 36 people attending an unlicensed concert about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away.
As of late Monday evening, two people have died from Monday's blaze. The building's owner served the tenant with a 30-day eviction notice last week, but they were trying to stay and planning to file a breach of contract lawsuit, according to Cook. He also directed the building owner to provide other basic fire safety equipment: fire extinguishers; smoke alarms, which are required in each residential unit; emergency lighting and exit signs; and evacuation maps. It's not now clear how many people were in the building when it caught fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Brenda Corley - a housing manager for Urojas at the three-story West Oakland building at 2551 San Pablo Ave. - said Kim and a group of men began bullying, threatening and assaulting tenants, as the property slid into further disrepair.
As firefighters struggled early Monday to bring a terrifying residential blaze in Oakland under control, one dramatic video after another was posted online.
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A resident who escaped the fire told the news station that he's convinced everyone got out safely. Kim said he wanted another service provider to operate the re-entry, homeless and veterans transitional housing programs inside the building.
The building is in a mixed-use area with warehouses and some homes. Monday's fire was about 5 miles from where the warehouse fire took place.
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