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Deadly California Warehouse Fire Suspect Says Landlord Also Responsible

A man charged with involuntary manslaughter in a California warehouse fire that killed 36 people last December says the building’s owner shares responsibility for the deaths. Derick Almena said in a jailhouse interview airing on Oakland television KTVU Monday night …

Tragic California Warehouse Fire Could Have Been Prevented by Authorities

City and state officials fielded years of complaints about dangerous conditions, drugs, neglected children, trash, thefts and squabbles at the illegally converted warehouse where 36 partygoers were killed in a weekend fire, with inspectors knocking on the door as recently …

Oakland Warehouse Fire Death Toll Grows to 36 as Investigators Search for Answers

The death toll in the Oakland, Calif., warehouse fire has grown to 36 and authorities say they expect the number to rise when they resume work later Monday following a temporary work stoppage. A wall is leaning inward, posing a …

Maine City Considers Housing Complaint Database After Deadly Fire

Portland, Maine officials may roll out a centralized database for tracking housing complaints in response to a deadly November fire that killed six people. The Portland Press Herald reports the city is also getting ready to unveil a new mobile- …

Maine House Where Fire Killed Six Had Complaints

A house that was destroyed in Maine’s deadliest fire in 40 years had a history of complaints, including a concern about a possible illegal unit on the third floor, according to documents released Friday. The documents released following a Freedom …

Code Violations in Indiana Home Where 3 Died

The Hammond, Ind., home where a fire killed three young siblings and critically injured their father was close to being deemed uninhabitable because of housing code violations, a city official said. The home had lacked electrical service, running water and …

Owner Elusive as Over 200 St. Louis Homes Crumble

City efforts to force repairs at hundreds of deteriorating St. Louis, Mo., homes remain stymied as the property owner’s identity is shrouded in mystery. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday that the Urban Assets LLC holding company owns more than …

Owner of Ohio Home Where 3 Died Faces New Charges

Prosecutors have filed misdemeanor charges against the landlord of a reportedly vacant Ohio home where a Christmas Eve fire killed a 4-year-old boy, his mother and a man who was staying with them. Court records show 72-year-old Sam Vazirani was …