- Associated Press - Thursday, December 14, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on charges filed in an Oakland warehouse fire (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

A judge says two men will go to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in a California building fire that killed 36 partygoers.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner ruled Thursday that prosecutors presented enough evidence to move forward with the criminal case against Derick Almena and Max Harris.

Horner called the building a death trap.

Almena rented the Oakland warehouse known as the Ghost Ship that burned on Dec. 2, 2016, during an electronic music concert. It was the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade.

The warehouse had been illegally converted into living space for artists. Prosecutors say Almena and Harris deceived the building’s owner, police and fire officials about people living there.

The two have pleaded not guilty.


1:20 p.m.

A California city fire marshal says he did not find any records of requests by firefighters to inspect a warehouse where 36 people died in the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade.

Oakland Fire Marshal Miguel Trujillo testified Thursday at a hearing to determine whether two men should face trial in the December 2, 2016, blaze at the Oakland warehouse known as the Ghost Ship. The testimony came two days after Oakland Fire Capt. George Freelen testified that he visited the warehouse in 2014 and reported his concerns about potential fire danger to Trujillo’s office.

A judge is expected to decide later in the day whether Derick Almena and Max Harris should face trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the blaze. The two men lived at the warehouse, and have pleaded not guilty.

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