The trial against the two men who ran the “Ghost Ship” warehouse where a 36 died in a fire in Oakland, California ended Thursday with a mistrial for one of the defendants and a full acquittal for the other.
Not fit for human habitation
Oakland had declared the warehouse unfit for habitation but Derrick Alameda and Max Harris saw it as a way to make easy money renting to artists at below market prices.
There were n fire sprinklers had been installed or lighted exit signs put up by the Duo so when partygoers who tried to flee by descending the narrow, unstable makeshift front stairs from the second floor couldn’t move fast enough to escape.
Prosecutors contended the defendants committed nine violations of Oakland’s fire code, including not obtaining permits for assembly, storing vehicles and failing to provide fire sprinklers or fire alarms. Police showed up on multiple occasions in calls to the warehouse, and video from their body camera footage showed Almena telling them no one lived inside.