VIDEO: Electrical system to be examined as investigators try to pinpoint cause of Ghost Ship fire

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)



OAKLAND (KRON) — Engineers will be brought in to examine the Ghost Ship’s electrical system after the deadly fire that killed 36 people in Oakland.

Federal officials investigating say the engineers will try to pinpoint the cause of a blaze.

Investigators were examining a refrigerator and other possibilities as a potential source of the fire but had not reached any conclusions.

The recovery efforts ended on Wednesday, six days after the devastating fire erupted in the warehouse during a dance party. 36 bodies were found in the rubble.

The warehouse has been converted into illegal living spaces for artists. The fire has cast a spotlight on similar artists’ colonies around the Bay Area that offer cheap housing but unsafe living conditions.

A former tenant called the Ghost Ship a death trap. There were no sprinklers or fire alarm system in the building.

Investigators have not found evidence of arson, but she said they have also not ruled it out.

Meanwhile, the Oakland City Council ratified Thursday the proclamation of a local emergency as a result of the fire.

The local emergency, which was, proclaimed on Tuesday, December 6, is an important step in recovery for the City of Oakland and our community,” the city said in a press release.

Under the California Disaster Assistance Act, the City of Oakland may be eligible for reimbursement of up to 75 percent of qualifying response and recovery expenses related to the 31st Avenue Fire, city officials said.

“Generally, these include labor, equipment, materials and other expenses related to extinguishing the fire and recovering the victims from the scene,” city officials said in a press release.

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