Feb. 3, 2017Updated: Feb. 3, 2017 12:22 p.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Bay Area News Group says it will sue Oakland if the city doesn’t provide police and fire department records by next week on a warehouse fire that killed 36 people.
The East Bay Times, one of the group’s newspapers, reports Thursday that its lawyers cited inexcusable delays in a letter to the city demanding the public records.
The letter was sent exactly two months after the fire during a concert at an artists’ loft called the Ghost Ship. Investigators say the structure was a dangerous jumble of makeshift stairs and room dividers with no clear exit paths.
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From right: Kimberly Gregory and David Gregory during a news conference after they filed a lawsuit on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016 in Oakland, Calif. The first lawsuit in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire was filed on behalf of David Gregory and Kimberly Gregory, whose daughter Michela Gregory, a 20-year-old San Francisco State University student, died in the Dec. 2 Oakland warehouse fire.
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The newspaper says the documents could help explain how the city missed chances to shutter the building.
Messages left seeking comment from the mayor’s office by the newspaper and the Associated Press were not immediately returned.
Information from: East Bay Times, http://www.eastbaytimes.com