Over the weekend, America watched in horror as a warehouse in Oakland, California, burned to the ground during a party, killing dozens of people and injuring many more.
The warehouse was housing for an art commune (which didn’t have a permit to live there), and the leader of the artists, Derick Ion, managed to outrage almost everyone on the internet with a highly insensitive Facebook post, TMZ reported.
While the charred remains of people were still being pulled out of the rubble, Ion went on Facebook and complained that all his possessions were gone.
“Confirmed. Everything I worked so hard for is gone,” he wrote on Facebook on Saturday morning. “Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound … it’s as if I have awoken from a dream filled with opulence and hope … to be standing now in poverty of self worth.”
People lost loved ones, and all this petty man can think about is his stuff. What a piece of work.
Almost all the comments under the post were strongly negative, with people calling him a “piece of s***,” condemning him to hell, and hoping that he gets jailed. The Facebook post has since been taken down.
As of Monday evening, the body count stood at 36, though it is expected to rise, Fox News reported. The scale of the tragedy is grasped when it’s compared to forest fires raging on the East Coast, which have destroyed thousands of acres and forced evacuations, but had a death toll of 14.
Roughly 35-40 percent of the warehouse had been cleared, and some of the victims have started to be publicly identified.
The warehouse was nicknamed the “Ghost Ship,” CNN reported, and many of the people living there knew that it wasn’t up to codes and was a potentially deadly place to live — but they stayed anyway.
The city of Oakland already had an investigation into the warehouse open, but tragically they could not complete their investigation before this fire broke out.
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