No inspections conducted in 30 years at warehouse fire site
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.