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People Who Used To Live At Oakland’s Ghost Ship Are Not Surprised By The Fire

The latest news from the Oakland Ghost Ship fires has the death toll at 36.

A dance party on Dec. 2 turned tragic when a fire broke out in the Ghost Ship Artist Collective warehouse in Oakland, Calif. So far, authorities have not released a cause for the fire as they continue to search for more victims. Here’s what we know so far.

The Ghost Ship was hosting an EDM dance party.


The warehouse was a regular place for DJs and electronic dance music lovers to gather and dance, according to The Ghost Ship’s website.

The death toll is up to 36 people with 70 percent of the building searched.


As of Dec. 5, authorities have confirmed that 36 bodies have been removed from the warehouse with 11 being positively identified. So far, only seven names have been released.

Eleven victims have been positively identified but authorities have only released 7 names.


Authorities are still working to identify the rest of the victims and are withholding the new names in respect of the victims’ families. One name of the original 8 identified was not released because the victim was a minor.

There still isn’t an official cause for the fire, according to authorities.


There has been an investigation opened into determining the cause of the fire.

The founder of the warehouse collective, Derick Ion, was illegally renting the space to artists and throwing parties.


According to USA Today, Ion never bothered to secure the permits necessary to use the warehouse for housing and parties. “Those permits had not been taken out,” Darin Ranelletti, the director of Planning and Building at the city of Oakland, told the press during a news conference, according to USA Today.

Ion has pissed people off with his insensitive Facebook post about the fire.


In a post in his now deleted Facebook page, Ion mourns the loss of, “Everything I worked so hard for.” People were quick to point out that he ignored the people who died in the fire.

There have been several complaints made about the safety and maintenance of the warehouse.


“I was not shocked that [the fire] happened. I was saddened that so many people had to die for the truth to come out,” Shelley Mack, who used to live at Ghost Ship, said during a press conference, according to KRON. Mack added that there were “all kinds of electrical cords running through there illegally. Massive extension cords. Heavy musical equipment. That place was just a death trap. I didn’t think it was going to last this long before it went up or somebody shut it down.”

This story is still developing and we will bring you updates as they become available.


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Gloria Estefan's Daughter Is A Chip Off The Old Block

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Gloria Estefan’s Daughter Is A Chip Off The Old Block

HuffPo has a video series called Talk to Me, where people interview their (usually famous) parents. The most recent participants in the series are 59-year-old Cuban singer Gloria Estefan and her 22-year-old daughter Emily, who is a songwriter, drummer and singer.

The point of the series is to encourage intergenerational conversations about the big, important life questions. Past participants have included Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and her daughter Christina, Lionel and Nicole Richie and even Oprah with graduates from The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Qué wonderful, no?

Do yourself a favor: watch, listen and learn from the interview porque as her own daughter points out, Glora Estefan is a “badass tough woman.” She has led an incredible life filled with triumphs, but most certainly not without difficulties or even tragedy. Sheesh, in 1990, the tour bus she was on was involved in an accident that ended up breaking her vertebrae. Her prognosis for a full recovery was slim to none, but she gave her recovery effort all the ganas she could give and she made what many called a “miraculous” recovery. Qué milagro, ni qué nada; it was all badassery on her part.

Keep an eye out for a sweet mom moment in the interview when Emily asks her mom if she still has goals and dreams and Gloria turns it around so she can not-so-humble-brag about her daughter. Gloria says,  “What’s more exciting for me is to see you… about to embark on this journey that I know since you were a kid that you’d get up every morning and you’d go to all three instruments, you know the drums, the piano and the guitar before you went to school. You kept your GPA 4.0, thank you very much.” Awww!

The most motivating part of the interview is when Gloria gives “growing humans” (that’s you) the following advice: “I don’t think you ever stop growing. Find what you love, what you love to do, because if you work at what you love to do, then it doesn’t feel like work.” Yass! #Goals, right there.

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Talk To Me: Gloria Estefan | HuffPost Series

Gloria Estefan's daughter Emily says Gloria is a "badass, tough woman." 🙌 #TalkToMe

Posted by HuffPost on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Find out more about the Gloria Estefan interview with her daughter here.


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