No inspection of warehouse for at least 30 years
OAKLAND - Oakland's interim building chief says code enforcement inspectors have not been inside the warehouse where 36 people died in a Friday fire for at least 30 years.
Darin Ranelletti says 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.
Ranelletti says inspectors need to obtain a court order to enter buildings without owners' permission.