Multiple Homicide Charges in Ghost Ship Fire Case Underlines the Seriousness of Fire Safety Compliance, says Fire Protection Group Inc.

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The Los Angeles-based consultants comment on a recent article that the 36 involuntary manslaughter counts are a sobering reminder of the responsibilities of managing or owning a building.

The Ghost Ship dance club fire of December 2 remains one of the deadliest American fires in recent memory.

It’s both a legal and moral obligation for all owners and managers to do everything possible to ensure that lives and property are protected from the threat of a fire.

A June 5 article in The Los Angeles Times reports that a pair of individuals associated with Oakland’s notorious Ghost Ship dance club, property manager Derick Ion Almena and creative director Max Harris, have been charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the wake of the deadly December 2 fire. Fire Protection Group Inc., a consulting firm providing fire safety services for owners and managers of properties in Southern California, notes that the deaths caused by the fire, as well as the ensuing charges, is a stark reminder of the severe consequences that may follow when important codes and guidelines are ignored. The firm adds that, while felony charges are usually reserved for the most severe cases, it’s both a legal and moral obligation for all owners and managers to do everything possible to ensure that lives and property are protected from the threat of a fire.

Fire Protection Group Inc. adds that, of course, most people who own or manage properties are responsible individuals who are appropriately concerned with fire safety and want to be fully compliant. They add, however, that all of the testing and installation of fire sprinkler systems, alarms, fire escapes, and extinguishers – as well as many other details that must be attended to – can be more than a little daunting. The firm says that that’s why it’s best to turn to acknowledged fire protection experts to ensure that all of the important steps are taken, and taken correctly.

The fire consulting group adds that it is run by some of the most respected names in the field, including two veterans of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Retired fire chief Al Hernandez and Captain Bob Holloway have both spent their entire careers working to ensure that lives and property are as safe as possible from the threat of a fire, says Fire Protection Group. Inc. The firm also notes that its lead engineer and general manager is George Saadian, a widely respected expert and author on fire safety, who has helped to revise a great many of the fire codes currently in place in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Fire Protection Group, Inc. concludes by noting that Southern California is now heading into what is certain to be a severe fire season. It’s therefore absolutely essential for everyone who is charged with the management of a property to do everything possible to make sure that it is protected by a thoughtfully designed and cost efficient plan to ensure that people and property are as safe as possible.

Interested readers can learn more about Fire Protection Group, Inc. by calling (888) 251-3488. They can also visit the firm’s website at

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