Oakland Fire Leader: I’m the ‘Thriller Love Child of Manson, Pol Pot and Hitler’

Just five months before the deadly Oakland blaze where at least 36 people perished Friday night, Derick Ion Almena, 46, the man who is considered the brains behind the “Ghost Ship” artists’ colony claimed to be “the thriller love child of Manson, Pol Pot and Hitler,” and said, “I can proverbally [sic] get away with murder.”

Derick Ion Almena (KGO-TV via Associated Press)

FB Post by Leader of Oakland Fire Trap Warehouse Draws Criticism

The man who heads the “Ghost Ship” artists collective, where the deadly Oakland fire broke out late Friday night, is facing a backlash over an insensitive Facebook post in which he lamented over losing “everything [he] worked so hard for,” as 24 people have been confirmed dead and at least two dozen more are still missing.

Oakland fire (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

Unstable Staircase Was Sole Way out of Deadly Oakland Fire

The “Ghost Ship” warehouse, where the deadly Oakland fire broke out during a party around 11:30 p.m. on Friday evening, reportedly only had one second-floor exit, down an unstable staircase made of pallets.

Oakland fire chief (Josh Edelson / Associated Press)