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The 31st Avenue Fire
Official Information about the 2016 Oakland Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire
On December 2, 2016 a fire at 1315 31st Avenue resulted in the tragic loss of 36 lives. The City of Oakland has been working closely with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to determine the source of the fire. The City and the Alameda County Sheriff's Department continue to provide ongoing support to our community. Learn more about:
- Important Contacts
- Community Resources for Victims’ Family and Friends
- Public Information including documents, past press releases, etc.
The City of Oakland wants to help. If you need:
- A Situation Update please call our recorded line: 510-238-2181
- Answers about a loved one lost in the fire, please call the Alameda County Coroner’s Office 510-382-3000.
- Media Requests, email email@example.com or call 510-457-1615
Resources for Family, Friends & Community
Help Victims’ Families
You can help victims’ families by donating to the Oakland A’s Community Fund.
Funeral or Burial Support
If you are the family member of a victim and have not yet been contacted, please reach out to Alameda County District Attorney’s Victims’ Assistance at 510-272-6180.
Grief Counseling Services
If you are an Alameda County resident in need of support, we can help. Please contact:
- 24-Hour Crisis Line 1-800-309-2131
- Alameda County Behavioral Health Services, 1-800-260-0094
- The Pacific Center for LGBTQ Community Members, 510-548-8283
Financial Support & Assistance
The Red Cross will follow up directly with family members to distribute 100% of the donations collected for fire victims from the Oakland A’s Community Fund. Family members can also contact:
February 8, 2017 Public Records Release
In accordance with the California Public Records Act, the City of Oakland is releasing the documents below. This media release outlines the scope of the documents released today and this accompanying document provides clarity on the full range of legal justification for any redactions or exclusions. Public record requests submitted through the online database RecordTrac will be answered with links to the relevant documents on the City’s webpage.
For each of the following departments, the first page of each PDF contains a summary of the department's responsive documents.
Previously Released Public Documents Related to 31st Avenue Fire
31st Avenue Map and Planning & Building Complaints
The City of Oakland is releasing the permit and complaint history from the past 30 years from our Planning and Building Department related to the warehouse at 1315 31st Avenue and the neighboring vacant lot on a separate parcel at 1305 31st Avenue. These documents span a 30-year period roughly cover the length of time for which we have electronic records.
We have prioritized compiling the planning and building records related to the warehouse and the lot because the vast majority of questions from the public are related to the contact we have had through this city agency. We will be posting the remainder of the planning and building documents and public records from other city departments as we compile them.
It is important to note that there are several possible ways in which the City of Oakland primarily comes in contact with a property and the City’s responsibilities vary based on the agency which has the encounter and the nature of the circumstances. For example, if a member of the public contacts the city to complain about building code safety violations, the complaint would be directed to the Building and Planning Department.
The relevant planning and building records include:
- Planning & Building Department Permit Complaint and Summary Table for 31st Ave (1987-2016)
- Planning & Building Department Complaint Records for 31st Ave (2014-2016)
- Map of 31st Avenue (2007 & 2015)
For additional information about the building, please read our frequently asked questions.
The City of Oakland has additional policies and documents:
- Proclamation of Local Emergency
- Names of Victims
- Respect After Death Act (AB 1577), a State Policy on gender identity on birth certificates.
Are you a member of the media that needs more information? Please contact: Karen Boyd (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Erica Derryck (email@example.com). All other public records requests may be submitted online.
Looking for additional press releases? Please visit our newsroom for past press releases.
Members of the media with questions on the 31st Avenue Fire, should email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-457-1615.
On-Scene Operations Concluded for 31st Avenue Fire; Investigations Continue released on December 13
Complete Roster of Victims of the 31st Avenue Fire released on December 9
Two Additional Victims of 31st Avenue Fire Identified on December 8
Update from the City of Oakland on the 31st Avenue Fire on December 7