No in­spec­tions con­ducted in 30 years at ware­house fire site

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OAK­LAND | Oak­land’s in­terim build­ing chief said code en­force­ment in­spec­tors have not been in­side the ware­house where 36 peo­ple died in a

Fri­day fire for at least 30 years.

Darin Ranel­letti said in­spec­tors only en­ter build­ings when the owner seeks a con­struc­tion per­mit or if of­fi­cials re­ceive a com­plaint.

At the time of the fire, the de­part­ment was in­ves­ti­gat­ing a com­plaint, and an in­spec­tor twice vis­ited the prop­erty in Novem­ber. But records show the in­spec­tor re­port­ing an in­abil­ity to get in­side.

Mr. Ranel­letti said in­spec­tors need to ob­tain a court or­der to en­ter build­ings with­out own­ers’ per­mis­sion.

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