Oakland Reaches $32.7 Million Settlement Over Ghost Ship Fire

The City of Oakland has agreed to pay $23.5 million to the families of 32 people killed in a fire at a warehouse known as the Ghost Ship in 2016. Another $9.2 million will be paid to survivor Sam Maxwell.

Plaintiffs accused the city of negligence. Code enforcement officers were aware of multiple violations inside the warehouse but did not take action, the families said.

As part of the settlement, Oakland does not admit wrongdoing.

“The City decided to settle this case because of the cost-benefit analysis,” the city attorney's office explained in a statement. "The City’s total insurance coverage is $22 million.”

Mayor Libby Schaaf called the fire “a horrific tragedy that deeply impacted every corner of our community.”


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