Fire chief: No in­spec­tion record of ware­house where 36 died

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OAK­LAND | Oak­land Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said Tues­day there is no ev­i­dence the ware­house where 36 par­ty­go­ers died was ever in­spected be­cause in­spec­tors didn’t think it was an “ac­tive” busi­ness.

Chief Deloach Reed said the depart­ment does not in­spect build­ings, only “busi­nesses.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say they still can’t pin­point a spe­cific cause of the dead­li­est struc­ture fire in the na­tion in 13 years. They fo­cused their in­ves­ti­ga­tion on elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances plugged into the rear of the build­ing where the fire started.

The U.S. Bureau of Al­co­hol, Tobacco and Firearms said Tues­day it has fin­ished col­lect­ing ev­i­dence. The Oak­land Fire Depart­ment will pre­pare a fi­nal re­port to turn over to prose­cu­tors.

The Alameda County district at­tor­ney has warned mur­der charges are pos­si­ble as prose­cu­tors de­ter­mine

whether crimes are linked to the blaze.

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