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Fire victim's sister blames Oakland owner for conditions

Records show the building was the subject of numerous building and fire code violations in the past few years


Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — The sister of a man who died in an Oakland apartment fire this week says she blames the building's owner for the deplorable, dangerous living conditions.

Aurea Lewis also helps run the nonprofit organization that sublet units to low-income residents in the building that burned Monday. Her brother, 64-year-old Ed Anderson, and three others died Monday.

Firefighters battle the apartment fire in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Firefighters battle the apartment fire in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Records show the building was the subject of numerous building and fire code violations in the past few years. Lewis says she and her partner at Urojas Community Services called on owner Keith Kim to make the needed improvements.

Instead, Lewis says Kim filed eviction papers alleging Urojas owed thousands of dollars in past-due rent.

Eviction proceedings were still underway when the building caught fire Monday.

Kim did not return phone calls Friday.

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