Ghost Ship Fire


Fire Debris Investigation of Metals by NIOSH 7300, PCB by NIOSH 5503, Coal Tar Pitch Volatiles OSHA 58, Respirable Dust by NIOSH 0600, Total Dust by NIOSH 0500

On December 2, 2016, at approximately 11:20 p.m. PST, a fire broke out in a warehouse, known as Ghost Ship, that had been converted into an artist collective, including dwelling units, in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California. At the time of the fire, the warehouse was hosting a concert featuring artists from the house music record label 100% Silk. Neither residential nor entertainment uses were allowed under the warehouse’s permits at the time of the fire.

A total of 36 people were killed in the fire, the deadliest in the history of Oakland. It was also the deadliest building fire in the United States since The Station nightclub fire in 2003, the deadliest in California since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the deadliest mass-casualty event in Oakland since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.


The Alameda County District Attorney’s office launched an investigation into the causes of the fire. In March 2017, emails from 2014 were reported to have described serious electrical problems in the building. On June 5, 2017, two Ghost Ship proprietors were arrested and charged with felony involuntary manslaughter in connection with the fire.