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The Latest: Mayor: Oakland has improved safety inspections

March 28, 2017
Firefighters battle an early morning apartment fire Monday, March 27, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Firefighters battle an early morning apartment fire Monday, March 27, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly building fire in Oakland (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

In the wake of another deadly fire, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says the city has improved its enforcement efforts involving dangerous buildings.

Four months ago, Schaaf vowed to improve internal communications within the city after 36 people died in a fire at a warehouse that some city officials and agencies were told was a safety problem but was not inspected.

On Tuesday, a day after four people died in an apartment fire, she told The Associated Press that those communications appear to have improved.

She said firefighters answering a call in February at the building had reported possible problems, prompting an inspection on Friday that flagged deficient sprinklers, alarms and smoke detectors.

She said city officials lacked the authority to immediately shutter the apartments and were required to give the owner time to fix the problems.

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3:45 p.m.

Officials have identified a second victim killed by a blaze at an Oakland residential building.

The Alameda County coroner said Tuesday that 50-year-old Cassandra Robertson was a resident of the building.

A blaze on Monday tore through the three-story structure that housed former homeless people and recovering drug addicts, killing four people.

Officials on Monday identified another victim as 64-year-old Edwarn Anderson, of Oakland, was also killed in the fire. Two others have not been identified.

Two adults and two children were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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11:15 a.m.

Authorities have discovered a fourth body at a gutted Oakland residential building, where three other people died and four people were injured in a fire.

Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said Tuesday the body was discovered at the 40-unit transitional housing building.

Kelly did not know the gender of the person.

Documents released by the city say officials uncovered multiple fire code violations during an inspection Friday and ordered the owner of the building to immediately fix fire alarm and sprinkler systems.

Residents complained they didn’t hear alarms, feel sprinklers or see fire extinguishers as they fled the three-story building that housed some 80 recovering drug addicts and former homeless people.

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10:50 a.m.

Inspectors discovered that a California building in a rundown neighborhood lacked fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in every apartment and a working sprinkler system just three days before a blaze erupted and killed three low-income residents.

Officials uncovered multiple fire code violations during an inspection Friday and ordered the owner of the Oakland building to immediately fix the fire alarm and sprinkler systems, according to documents released by the city.

Residents complained they didn’t hear alarms, feel sprinklers or see fire extinguishers early Monday as they fled flames tearing through the three-story building that housed some 80 recovering drug addicts and former homeless people.