With aftershocks from the Ghost Ship fire tragedy still rocking the nation, the first official lawsuits tied to the incident have been filed. Earlier in the month a blaze that broke out in a Oakland warehouse party organized by local promoter Derick Ion claimed 36 lives, and now the families of two attendees have filed suit.
In addition to alleging gross negligence on the part of the venue owner, Chor Ng, and it’s principal tenant, local promoter Derick Ion, the lawsuits filed by the surviving family members of Griffin Madden and Michela Gregory also targets Oakland and Alameda County. According to San Francisco attorney Mary Alexander, who is representing the two families, members of the Oakland Fire Department had “attended and held a music event” there beforehand and should have been able to identify the building’s design flaws.
“We have filed this lawsuit against the owners of the building, … against those who were involved with the event, the promoters and the person who was putting on the show,” Alexander said. “And we have also filed against the person who was like the manager.”
The families of additional Ghost Ship fire victims are almost certain to file similar claims in the weeks to follow. In the meantime, the incident has also spurred a warehouse crackdown affecting DIY creative spaces in numerous cities throughout the US.