Families of Ghost Ship tragedy sue PG&E

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 04:36:23 AM. The families of the victims killed in Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire sued Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Tuesday, saying the utility supplied power to the doomed artist space with “blatant disregard” for the safety of the people in the building. The lawsuit comes as the latest legal action against the building’s owner, manager and others connected to the property that went up in flames on Dec. 2,
The families of the victims killed in Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire sued Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Tuesday, saying the utility supplied power to the doomed artist space with “blatant disregard” for the safety of the people in the building. The lawsuit comes as the latest legal action against the building’s owner, manager and others connected to the property that went up in flames on Dec. 2, killing 36 in the deadliest fire in the state in more than a century. “PG&E was negligent in supplying power to the building,” attorney Mary Alexander, who represents the families, said Tuesday. “PG&E exhibited a willful and blatant disregard for the safety of this building and the people that lived and visited there.” The lawsuit alleges utility workers had installed several smart meters in the buildings adjoining the Ghost Ship warehouse at 1305 31st Ave. in Oakland’s Fruitvale District, and they should have known that the electrical system was “dangerous, defectives, out-of-code compliance, and an imminent threat to the health, safety and lives of the owners, occupants, customers and invitees of those structures.” Alexander said attorneys walked through the burned out remnants of the warehouse and observed the serpentine system of electrical cords that brought power into the ramshackle space. That power allegedly originated from a transformer box inside a neighboring auto body shop. Four properties, including the auto body shop and Ghost Ship shared one electrical meter. ...Read more
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