On December 2, 2016, a tragic fire occurred at a site in Oakland, California, known simply as "Ghost Ship."
On December 2, 2016, at approximately 11:30 p.m. PST, a fire broke out in a warehouse, known as Ghost Ship, that was converted into an artist collective and into unpermitted dwelling units in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland, California. At the time of the fire, the warehouse was hosting a concert without a permit promoted by the house music record label 100% Silk.
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 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) (160 by 48 feet, or 49 m × 15 m) converted warehouse, known as Ghost Ship, was home to an artist collective known as Satya Yuga*, which worked there. At the time of the fire it was hosting a concert promoted by the house music record label 100% Silk, and featuring musicians from its roster. It took five hours for 52 firefighters, using 14 pieces of equipment, to extinguish the blaze. Source.
As of December 11, 2016, all 36 victims had been identified. Seventeen-year-old Draven McGill, who sang in the Pacific Boychoir, was the youngest fatality of the fire. The identities of all 36 people who died in the December 2, 2016 fire at a converted warehouse in Oakland known as the Ghost Ship have been released. They are:
Cash Askew, 22, Oakland
Em B (a.k.a. Em Bohlka), 33, Oakland
Jonathan Bernbaum, 34, Oakland
Barrett Clark, 35, Oakland
David Cline, 24, Oakland
Micah Danemayer, 28, Oakland
Billy Dixon, 35, Oakland
Chelsea Dolan, 33, San Francisco
Alex Ghassan, 35, Oakland
Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, Berkeley
Michela Gregory, 20, South San Francisco
Sara Hoda, 30, Walnut Creek
Travis Hough, 35, Oakland
Johnny Igaz, 34, Oakland
Ara Jo, 29, Oakland
Donna Kellogg, 32, Oakland
Amanda Kershaw, 34, San Francisco
Edmond Lapine, 34, Oakland
Griffin Madden, 23, Berkeley
Joseph Matlock, 36, Oakland
Jason McCarty, 36, Oakland
Draven McGill, 17, Dublin
Jennifer Mendiola, 35, Oakland
Jennifer Morris, 21, Foster City
Feral Pines (a.k.a. Riley Fritz), 29, Berkeley
Vanessa Plotkin, 21, Lakewood (Los Angeles County)
Wolfgang Renner, 61, Oakland
Hanna Ruax, 32, Helsinki
Benjamin Runnels, 32, Oakland
Nicole Siegrist, 29, Oakland
Michele Sylvan, 37, Oakland
Jennifer Kiyomi Tanouye, 31, Oakland
Alex Vega, 22, San Bruno
Peter Wadsworth, 38, Oakland
Nick Walrath, 31, Oakland
Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32, Hayward
The East Bay Times has done their own brief profile of Almena, taking out of context a few things he said on Facebook in recent months, including calling himself "the thriller love child of Manson, Pol Pot and Hitler." Referring apparently to past drug use and mandatory drug testing because of the CPS situation, Almena wrote, "Addictions never admitted armed me as revolutionary… as long as i seek help and healing, have current registration, pay my insurance, piss in a cup twice weekly … i can proverbally (sic) get away with murder."Almena's "get away with murder" quote was similar to candidate Donald Trump's January 2016 statement in Iowa: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters."
A former neighbor described Almena in the last decade as having "a way about him like he was founding a new religion." Source.