The Landlord of Oakland's Ghost Ship to Receive 3.1 Million Insurance Payout
Last December, 36 lives were taken in a tragic fire that struck an Oakland warehouse. The organizers of Ghost Ship, an illegal living and arts space located in the Bay Area, could now be facing up to 39 years in prison on involuntary manslaughter charges.
Tenants Derick Almena, 47, and Max Harris, 27 were charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter after investigators discovered that one of the exit stairwells of the illegal venue had been intentionally blocked for the event. When the venue (which did not meet fire codes) went up in flames, individuals were trapped inside with no exit available.
The story took over headlines for several weeks, all the while the owner of the warehouse has evaded prosecution. Chor Ng is set to receive a 3.1 million dollar insurance payout as the aftermath of the event. Ng has gone dark since the fire, completely avoiding any public statements. Many have filed civil claims against her, stating that they “didn’t see human life, they saw dollar signs”.
According to Carl Susman of Susman Insurance Agency, those who filed civil claims would likely never see the money. “Things will likely be exhausted long before they go to trial”.
For now, we can only hope justice is brought to those who lost their lives by individuals who neglected to create a space safe.