Oakland, CA -- Two men were charged with 36 counts of manslaughter in the deadly Ghost Ship fire.
The men charged were the leaseholder, Derick Almena, and the building super, Max Harris. They were arrested Monday and charged with 36 counts of manslaughter from the fire.
The warehouse was illegally occupied when the fire ignited, causing one of the deadliest structural fires in the United States in a decade. The charges were because they "knowingly created a fire trap with inadequate means of escape. They then filled that area with human beings and are now facing the consequences of their actions," according to Nancy E. O'Malley, district Attorney for Alameda County.
The warehouse was illegally occupied, and there was a party taking place when the fire ignited, trapping many of the party goers. "The paying guests at the event were faced with a nearly impossible labryrinth of the defendants' making. They allowed individuals to live in the warehouse and deceived the police, the Fire Department and the owner of the building to that fact. They allowed large groups to assemble in the warehouse for unpermitted and unsafe musical events in that space."
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