VIDEO: San Francisco receives more building complaints ‘after’ Ghost Ship fire

Photo Credit: Philippe Djegal

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection says it has been fielding complaints about alleged illegal warehouses converted for residential use.

KRON4’s Philippe Djegal reports that now even more complaints are coming in ‘after’ the Ghost Ship fire.

This warehouse at 15 Duboce Avenue in San Francisco’s Mission District has been on the Department of Building Inspection’s radar for several months now.

“Everybody feels terrible about that tragedy in Oakland and we certainly don’t want to see anything like that happen in San Francisco,” said Department of Building Inspection spokesperson William Strawn.

The electrical situation looks precarious to say the least.

Strawn says the warehouse owner has received two notices of violation, appeared for a director’s hearing, and was recently issued a notice of abatement, preventing the owner from possibly selling the building or applying for permits before complying with DBI.

Strawn says complaints allege the commercial building is being used for housing.

“That case is still in process. It may be referred to the city attorney for litigation,” Strawn said.

The Department of Building Inspection says it currently has a list of about 12 warehouses illegally converted for residential use without a permit.

Bob Mendez owns Qube Autobody in the Bayview District on Jarrold Avenue.

This warehouse across the street is on the DBI’s list of alleged violators, but Mendez says his neighbors are peaceful, and an artist who works there tells us no one actually lives inside.

“They don’t do any rave parties or anything like that, they’re good people,” Mendez said.

The DBI has about 129 inspectors and William Strawn says they’ll be following up on it’s list of troubled warehouses in the next few weeks.

He says most building owners give permission to enter, but some don’t.

The owners of a warehouse on Alabama Street in the Mission District let us in to show no one lives the “here collective.”

It’s open space rented out to people and companies, but Strawn says not everyone is following the law and that those people are under investigation.

“Really, what needs to happen is we need for owners to be responsible about their buildings and to take action to make sure they’re code compliant,” Strawn said.

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