Recovery efforts at the Oakland warehouse fire have ended with the death toll of 36 and the city has declared a local state of emergency to cope with the deadliest fire in the US in over a decade while the exact cause of the blaze that started Friday night at a warehouse dance party hasn't been determined.
Officials say, a refrigerator is being eyed as a possible point of origin. The warehouse and artist coop called the Ghost Ship wasn't permitted for residential use and visitors say, it was rampant with fire code violations. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said late Tuesday that at least three complaints had been made about the warehouse between 2005 and 2014 and city officials say that at the time of the fire, they were investigating a neighbors's complaints of blight and unpermitted interior construction at the building.
The fire also prompting cities across the nation to be more proactive to prevent another such tragedy. Some calling on citizens to report other unsafe spaces, says Reuters reporter, Rory Carol.>> Well, in Portland, Oregon, Dan Saltzman who's a city counselor there, he told me today that he's gonna be putting forth a measure that will require sprinklers in any event space that would require a permit to throw a party of any size mandating sprinkler systems.
>> Meanwhile, in Oakland, the District Attorney on the case has said charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to murder could feature in a potential criminal case.