The Oakland Fire: Why over-occupancy and adequate code enforcement should matter

A devastating fire. Thirty-six lives lost. A community reeling.

Less than one week after a blaze ripped through a ramshackle warehouse known as the Ghost Ship, this shocked city is grappling with an array of questions about what precisely happened, many of them deeply troubling.

• Could the city have done more to prevent the Ghost Ship fire? What did the city know about the violations at the warehouse? Did it follow up on citations?

• Should this tragedy result in more crackdowns on illegal housing in Oakland?

Full Story: The Oakland Fire: Delving Into What Happened, and Why – The New York Times