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Oakland's Ghost Ship A "Safe Haven"

(NBC News)  The man who turned an empty Oakland warehouse into a artist's colony is speaking out for the first time after that warehouse burned down, killing 36 people inside.

The building leased to Derick Almena three years ago was never meant to be living space, but that's what it turned into with artists and at-risk youth.

Almena says the "Ghost Ship" collective was meant to be a safe haven for them, and denies he neglected safety.

"This is profit? The loss of mass life? I'm a father. I lay my three children down there every night," a visibly emotional Almena said.
 
Authorities say criminal charges, including murder and manslaughter, are being considered.

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