Owner of Oakland Warehouse had Business License for Building

OAKLAND (AP) — Authorities say the owner of an Oakland warehouse where 36 people died in a fire earlier this month had a business license for more than two decades.

Still, firefighters charged with inspecting city businesses never reviewed the building.

The East Bay Times reports Chor Ng filed for the license in 1995, writing on the form that she wanted to operate a “commercial rental.” A city official confirmed she was up to date on annual business taxes.

The revelation further highlights the lack of coordination and communication between city agencies responsible for registering and inspecting commercial buildings.

An Oakland spokeswoman says the city is looking for ways to better coordinate the processes.

The fire broke out during a dance party Dec. 2. A cause has not yet been determined.