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No inspection of warehouse for at least 30 years

6 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, December 08 2016 Dec 8, 2016 December 08, 2016 11:29 AM December 08, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press

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.

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