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Oakland Fire Captain Warned Building Should Be Shut Down

Ben Margot / Associated Press

Firefighters battle an early morning apartment fire Monday, March 27, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

Ben Margot / Associated Press

(AP) - Records show an Oakland fire captain recommended in January that a building that burned and killed four people this week should be shuttered immediately due to life-threatening hazards.

The emails released Friday by the city show Fire Department officials opted to take less drastic measures.

In an email dated Jan. 8, Captain Richard Chew reported that a fire alarm had been pulled and not reset at the three-story residential building, there were open piles of garbage and the fire escape door was padlocked.

Battalion Chief Geoff Hunter ordered other officials to contact the building owner to address the problems. Acting Assistant Fire Marshal Maria Sabatini said the owner should have 30 days to make repairs.

The city of Oakland also announcement that Mayor Libby Schaaf was ordering an overhaul of fire safety inspections in the city.