>> The deadliest fire in the US in over a decade had plenty of warning signs, well before the disaster. According to people who visited and lived in the artist collective called the Ghost Ship it was a super highway for fire. The Ghost Ship's own website shows a cramped space full of furniture and art in a building that wasn't even permitted as a residential space.
Reuter's San Fransisco Bureau Chief Peter Henderson.>> A lot of people who were in the Ghost Ship warehouse said it was incredibly interesting, full of little nooks and crannies, corridors built to be a fun place to stay, but not built safely at all.>> Some have blamed Derick Alemena for the tragedy.
He's the man who founded the Ghost Ship and rented the warehouse. He visited the site of the fire Tuesday morning, and told NBC in an interview he was sorry, but when further pressed about the conditions of the building, lashed back out saying quote, I'd rather get on the floor and be trampled by the parents.
I'd rather let them tear at my flesh then answer these ridiculous questions. Oakland city officials say at the time of the fire, they were investigating a neighbors complaints of blight and un-permitted interior construction at the building. Criminal investigators have been brought in, and the county district attorney has said charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to murder could feature in a potential criminal case.
The death toll from Friday night's fire stands at 36, a number that's not expected to rise.