CRIME

Two Arrested Over Deadly 'Ghost Ship' Fire

The fire at the Oakland warehouse last year left 36 people dead.
Recovery teams examine the charred remains of the two-story converted warehouse that caught fire killing dozens in Oakland, D
Recovery teams examine the charred remains of the two-story converted warehouse that caught fire killing dozens in Oakland, December 4, 2016. 

June 5 (Reuters) - Two people have been arrested in connection with a fire at a warehouse in Oakland, California, known as the “Ghost Ship” that killed 36 people during a dance party last year, prosecutors said.

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office scheduled a press conference for later on Monday to discuss the arrests of Derrick Ion Almena, 47, and Max Harris. Almena was a manager of the warehouse.

On December 2 flames raced through what authorities say was an illegal dance party on the second floor of the sprawling two-story building, which was permitted as a warehouse but leased to an artists’ collective.

It was the deadliest blaze in the United States since 100 people perished in a 2003 nightclub fire in Rhode Island.

The 10,000-square-foot (900-square-meter) building lacked sprinklers and smoke detectors, and wooden pallets partially formed a makeshift stairway between the first and second floors, officials have said. It had just two exterior doors.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Tom Brown)