Ghost Ship

KALW's coverage of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire of December 2016 focuses on the communities and people affected by the tragedy — and their ongoing response.  

Jeremy Dalmas

2551 San Pablo Avenue had been getting code complaints for years. After it burned down, some residents had to move onto the street.

Bryon Malik

 

Oakland Voices correspondent Kat Ferreira lives near the remains of the Ghost Ship warehouse—where 36 people died in a fire in December. She brings us this story about how a new mural is helping some neighbors process the tragedy and move on.

Marissa Ortega-Welch

 

The Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting was awarded to the staff of the East Bay Times for “relentless coverage of the ‘Ghost Ship’ fire ... and for reporting after the tragedy that exposed the city’s failure to take actions that might have prevented it.”

Jeremy Dalmas

On Dec. 2, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a Friday night of electronic music was just beginning when a fire broke out at the Ghost Ship warehouse in East Oakland. It engulfed the warehouse in a matter of minutes, trapping partygoers inside the difficult to navigate building. Thirty-six people died.

Jeremy Dalmas

While many living in warehouses are worried they could lose their homes, those affected most immediately were the almost two dozen people who lived at the Ghost Ship. They woke up the morning after the fire, to find themselves homeless.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

Events like the one thrown the night of the Ghost Ship fire used to be a regular occurrence all over Oakland. But they’ve virtually died out, because venues fear drawing attention to themselves.

Jeremy Dalmas

 

The Oakland mayor’s office officially knows of 18 large industrial spaces doubling as unpermitted homes, but other estimates say there are dozens more, maybe as many as 60.

Jeremy Dalmas

Instead of ringing the doorbell, when you come by Craig Baldwin’s home on Valencia street, he asks you to stomp on the metal plate in the sidewalk.


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Today's Local Music: Yassou

Jan 5, 2017
Amy Harrity cropped and sized with permission

Today’s local music is by San Francisco band, Yassou. Billboard magazine recommends that they “should be on your radar." Yassou is one of several artists appearing at a benefit for those involved in Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse fire. That’s happening at the Starline Social Club, in Oakland, on Saturday, Jan. 7, starting at 8 p.m. sharp.

Your Call: Ghost Ship fire aftermath

Dec 8, 2016

 

How should we address the issues that led to the tragic Ghost Ship fire, which took the lives of at least 36 people?

Marissa Ortega-Welch

 

The city of Oakland is continuing to sort through the remains of the Ghost Ship, the warehouse in the Fruitvale District that burned down during a party on Friday night. Thirty-six people have now been confirmed dead, with about a third of the building yet to be searched. The site is now an active crime scene.