Derick Almena, the proprietor of the Oakland warehouse commonly known as the "Ghost Ship" where more than 35 people lost their lives in a massive fire over the weekend, has spoken out about the tragedy.
Initially, Almena took to Facebook to confirm that the blaze had taken out "everything I worked so hard for." With the death toll rising throughout the night, Almena received some angry responses to his seemingly insensitive post. But come Monday morning (Dec. 5), the warehouse owner wanted to make it known that he didn't understand the gravity of the fire when he wrote his initial post.
"In my previous Facebook post, I had no idea there was a loss of life," Almena said in a statement to NBC Bay Area. "This tragic event consumes me every moment. My heart is broken. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends who have suffered the loss of loved ones."