WATCH: Video and Images Show How Oakland Warehouse Was a ‘Hell-Hole’ Filled With Filth, Chaos, Weird Religious and Mystical Symbols, Feral Animals and Orgies

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Shocking video and images have emerged from inside the doomed Oakland warehouse depicting a squalid ‘hell-hole’ not fit to live in – as a tenant told how cats urinated everywhere and it was the venue for an orgy.

The footage and photos, obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, shows the living quarters of some of the residents of the building known as the Oakland Ghost Ship.

While photos on the art collective’s website show an eclectic and creative space for artists and musicians, the reality of life behind the scenes in this dilapidated building is horrific.

Dark and dingy rooms don’t look fit for humans, with exposed electrical wires and panels, venting pipes and piles of junk and old clothes everywhere.

Tenant Shelley Mack, who disclosed the pictures to DailyMail.com also revealed that there were three fires while she lived there caused by faulty electrics.

Chaotic firetrap: The extent to which debris was blocking rat-run corridors and jerry-rigged gas and electrical systems is revealed in the pictures obtained by DailyMail.com
Chaotic firetrap: The extent to which debris was blocking rat-run corridors and jerry-rigged gas and electrical systems is revealed in the pictures obtained by DailyMail.com
Chaotic firetrap: The extent to which debris was blocking rat-run corridors and jerry-rigged gas and electrical systems is revealed in the pictures obtained by DailyMail.com
Chaotic firetrap: The extent to which debris was blocking rat-run corridors and jerry-rigged gas and electrical systems is revealed in the pictures obtained by DailyMail.com
Trapped: These stairs and this passageway were part of the way into and out of the building. In total 36 died when they were trapped in the flames
Trapped: These stairs and this passageway were part of the way into and out of the building. In total 36 died when they were trapped in the flames
Trapped: These stairs and this passageway were part of the way into and out of the building. In total 36 died when they were trapped in the flames
Trapped: These stairs and this passageway were part of the way into and out of the building. In total 36 died when they were trapped in the flames
Weird mystical symbols: The 'collective' was run by Derrick Ion Almena who made this Hindu-inspired artwork a centerpiece in the vast space
Weird mystical symbols: The ‘collective’ was run by Derrick Ion Almena who made this Hindu-inspired artwork a centerpiece in the vast space
Littered with rubbish: The photographs reveal how there was chaos everywhere in the space, with no apparent attempt to keep access ways clear
Littered with rubbish: The photographs reveal how there was chaos everywhere in the space, with no apparent attempt to keep access ways clear
Littered with rubbish: The photographs reveal how there was chaos everywhere in the space, with no apparent attempt to keep access ways clear
Littered with rubbish: The photographs reveal how there was chaos everywhere in the space, with no apparent attempt to keep access ways clear
Responsible: Derick Ion Almena, 46, got angry as he was asked questions about the tragedy during a live TV interview. He was emotional from the start of his interview with the Today show's Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall, saying it wasn't a 'good morning' and that the only reason he was speaking was to say sorry. His wife, Micah Allison, cried on television on Monday night
Responsible: Derick Ion Almena, 46, got angry as he was asked questions about the tragedy during a live TV interview. He was emotional from the start of his interview with the Today show’s Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall, saying it wasn’t a ‘good morning’ and that the only reason he was speaking was to say sorry. His wife, Micah Allison, cried on television on Monday night
Responsible: Derick Ion Almena, 46, got angry as he was asked questions about the tragedy during a live TV interview. He was emotional from the start of his interview with the Today show's Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall, saying it wasn't a 'good morning' and that the only reason he was speaking was to say sorry. His wife, Micah Allison, cried on television on Monday night
Responsible: Derick Ion Almena, 46, got angry as he was asked questions about the tragedy during a live TV interview. He was emotional from the start of his interview with the Today show’s Matt Lauer and Tamron Hall, saying it wasn’t a ‘good morning’ and that the only reason he was speaking was to say sorry. His wife, Micah Allison, cried on television on Monday night
Carnage: The aftermath of the fire in which the official death toll has reached 36, with warnings it may well increase further
Carnage: The aftermath of the fire in which the official death toll has reached 36, with warnings it may well increase further

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‘They were small fires. There were no sprinklers so everybody was just aware, if you smelled smoke you would go look and put it out.

‘They were isolated fires, a transponder blew up and electrical sockets got overloaded, everybody was very aware that the place was a fire hazard, it was filled with old dried wood and wooden furniture.

‘There were power cords and extension cords hooked up to extension cords everywhere. To get across all the place to heat and light all the trailers. Everybody would plug in and they’d get overloaded, refrigerators and microwaves and cell phones, lots of electrical equipment and massive stereo equipment, any system would have been overloaded.’

Mack even described being disturbed by two people having sex on top of her trailer in the middle of the night.

She recalls: ‘There was a sex orgy, like a swingers party held here on New Year’s Eve 2014/15. They rented the place out for it and I said no, other people said no but they still went ahead and there was like 2-300 people, two floors of people.

‘They had blocked my area off and the music was so loud you couldn’t really hear stuff but they were rocking my trailer.

‘I had to go out and tell them to get off my trailer, they were having sex up there.’

Speaking out: Jewelry designer Shelley Mack told DailyMail.com how she wrote to Almena to complain earlier this year
Speaking out: Jewelry designer Shelley Mack told DailyMail.com how she wrote to Almena to complain earlier this year

Mack said the organizers of the sex party didn’t clean up properly and used condoms were found littered on the floor.

She said: ‘All the carpets and furniture you see in the photos have either been p***ed on by cats or were used in the orgy.’

Inside was a picture of squalid chaos. The filthy floors offer little space to move and corridors are like narrow rat runs. Nails protrude from rickety stairs and brick-work crumbles in the walls.

The footage, shot by former tenant Shelley Mack, shows her stepping over junk and trash as she tries to negotiate the hall ways before reaching a set of stairs made out of what looks like reclaimed wood.

It’s believed several people lived inside the Ghost Ship including some in an indoor ‘RV park’.

Visitors have described a squalid scene where cat faeces and used condoms are found on the floor and junk and ‘art’ is piled high in every room.

Mack found the rental in an ad on Facebook two years ago.

She paid $595 a month in rent, along with a security deposit of the same amount and a one-time payment of around $700 towards fixing the building up – work she says never happened.

She says life there was hell. It was often freezing cold, water and power were sometimes stolen from neighbors, who would get angry and shut them off.

Once, a generator blew up, and residents quickly doused the flames, she said.

Mack explained that she didn’t know the ramshackle dwelling was illegal until months after she moved in. She was instructed to tell visitors it was a 24-hour workspace for artists.

No regard for safety or cleanliness: Tenant Shelley Mack detailed the contempt for basic conditions exhibited by Almena in a detailed complaint she shared with DailyMail.com
No regard for safety or cleanliness: Tenant Shelley Mack detailed the contempt for basic conditions exhibited by Almena in a detailed complaint she shared with DailyMail.com
No regard for safety or cleanliness: Tenant Shelley Mack detailed the contempt for basic conditions exhibited by Almena in a detailed complaint she shared with DailyMail.com
No regard for safety or cleanliness: Tenant Shelley Mack detailed the contempt for basic conditions exhibited by Almena in a detailed complaint she shared with DailyMail.com
No place for children: Despite the uneven floors, improvised living spaces and questions over sanitation, Almena and his wife raised their three children in the 'collective' for artists
No place for children: Despite the uneven floors, improvised living spaces and questions over sanitation, Almena and his wife raised their three children in the ‘collective’ for artists
No place for children: Despite the uneven floors, improvised living spaces and questions over sanitation, Almena and his wife raised their three children in the 'collective' for artists
No place for children: Despite the uneven floors, improvised living spaces and questions over sanitation, Almena and his wife raised their three children in the ‘collective’ for artists
Electrical safety: A stray cord along a floor offers some insight into the lack of safety provision in the warehouse. A criminal investigation is now under way
Electrical safety: A stray cord along a floor offers some insight into the lack of safety provision in the warehouse. A criminal investigation is now under way
Squalor: The warehouse mixed Almena and others' art with conditions which defied belief - animals running wild, staircases with cords running up and down them, and frequent lacks of power, heat and water
Squalor: The warehouse mixed Almena and others’ art with conditions which defied belief – animals running wild, staircases with cords running up and down them, and frequent lacks of power, heat and water
Squalor: The warehouse mixed Almena and others' art with conditions which defied belief - animals running wild, staircases with cords running up and down them, and frequent lacks of power, heat and water
Squalor: The warehouse mixed Almena and others’ art with conditions which defied belief – animals running wild, staircases with cords running up and down them, and frequent lacks of power, heat and water
Victims: The scale of the tragedy which unfolded in Oakland is becoming apparent. The identified victims are (L-R, from top left) Donna Kellogg, 32, Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, Travis Hough, 35, Denalda Nicole Renae, 23, Chelsea Faith Dolan, Barrett Clark, Feral Pines, Micah Denamayer, David Cline, 24, Nex Iuguolo, 32, Pete Wadsworth, Jonathan Bernbaum, Ara Jo, Cash Askew, 22, Sara Hoda, 30 and Draven McGill, 17.
Victims: The scale of the tragedy which unfolded in Oakland is becoming apparent. The identified victims are (L-R, from top left) Donna Kellogg, 32, Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, Travis Hough, 35, Denalda Nicole Renae, 23, Chelsea Faith Dolan, Barrett Clark, Feral Pines, Micah Denamayer, David Cline, 24, Nex Iuguolo, 32, Pete Wadsworth, Jonathan Bernbaum, Ara Jo, Cash Askew, 22, Sara Hoda, 30 and Draven McGill, 17.

When inspectors or other outsiders came to visit, she and other residents scurried to hide clothes, bedding and other evidence anyone was living there.

‘It’s a good example of people taking advantage of people because they had no other options,’ said Mack.

‘Every month it was more money but then there was no electricity, no heat, no water a lot of the time, it would get cut off.

‘Every month there would be a calamity, blowing the transformers, intermittent electricity, arguments, fights, crime, anytime people didn’t go along with Derick Almena the operator he found a way to get them in trouble with the police.

‘The place was a death-trap, a fire hazard. There was electrical cords running through there illegally. Massive extension cords attached to extension cords. Heavy music equipment.

‘To be honest I didn’t think it was going to last this long before it went up or somebody shut it down.’

Mack recalls how one doorway was blocked because it led to the property of a neighbor who’d been in a dispute with the operators.

The 58-year-old jewelry maker who lived there for four or five months leaving in February, 2015, became so angry at the conditions that she began to log the problems.

She made a video and took photos and wrote a list of her grievances.

In the document she shared with DailyMail.com she states: ‘I can’t count the times I have woken up with no heat and had difficulty breathing.

‘I can’t stay outside the trailer in the evenings or at night it’s just too cold. I know you said you had propane torchieres but are they safe indoors?’

In another log she writes: ‘We have umpteen people now and guests sharing one bathroom upstairs after 2 months. We have lost the bathroom and sink in this building so now all that is left is the small sink in the bathroom for everything.’

She says there isn’t even a sink to wash dishes, adding: ‘I feel like I am living in a 3rd world country with no running water in this building.’

Primitive: The picture (left) of the view down the stairs in one part of the warehouse shows how people would have been expected to escape, while (right) another door opening into a larger space was blocked by junk
Primitive: The picture (left) of the view down the stairs in one part of the warehouse shows how people would have been expected to escape, while (right) another door opening into a larger space was blocked by junk
Primitive: The picture (left) of the view down the stairs in one part of the warehouse shows how people would have been expected to escape, while (right) another door opening into a larger space was blocked by junk
Primitive: The picture (left) of the view down the stairs in one part of the warehouse shows how people would have been expected to escape, while (right) another door opening into a larger space was blocked by junk
Chilling: Mack detailed her concerns over fire safety in the converted warehouse, she wrote: 'We need smoke detectors. An escape plan for fire, earthquake. The hallways and doorways and stairways cleared and kept cleared. I need a way to secure my things.' But nothing was done and the way in which Almena lived shows how difficult escape would have been
Chilling: Mack detailed her concerns over fire safety in the converted warehouse, she wrote: ‘We need smoke detectors. An escape plan for fire, earthquake. The hallways and doorways and stairways cleared and kept cleared. I need a way to secure my things.’ But nothing was done and the way in which Almena lived shows how difficult escape would have been
Chilling: Mack detailed her concerns over fire safety in the converted warehouse, she wrote: 'We need smoke detectors. An escape plan for fire, earthquake. The hallways and doorways and stairways cleared and kept cleared. I need a way to secure my things.' But nothing was done and the way in which Almena lived shows how difficult escape would have been
Chilling: Mack detailed her concerns over fire safety in the converted warehouse, she wrote: ‘We need smoke detectors. An escape plan for fire, earthquake. The hallways and doorways and stairways cleared and kept cleared. I need a way to secure my things.’ But nothing was done and the way in which Almena lived shows how difficult escape would have been

Chillingly, Mack also details her concerns over fire safety in the converted warehouse, she wrote: ‘We need smoke detectors. An escape plan for fire, earthquake. The hallways and doorways and stairways cleared and kept cleared. I need a way to secure my things.’

She also wrote that the common areas were a fire hazard.

‘The buy in is to use and maintain common areas but they are always full of junk. Sometimes completely blocking the bathrooms or doors which is dangerous and a fire hazard.

‘They have been full of rotating in common as well as hallways, stairs and every nook and cranny. Clothes have been on the floor everywhere upstairs.’

Mack continues detailing how she wants ‘peace and enjoyment’ of her space.

She wrote: ‘No yelling abusive language or actions. No personal disagreements disputed publicly. No shutting off utilities, access to bathroom facilities, heat because of a dispute, or personality conflict.

‘No one coming into my space touching or taking or turning my things off or on without my permission… all this angst and chaos isn’t working for anyone and certainly not getting the desired results.’

Disturbingly Mack also complains about a fellow tenant called Lisa – a woman she says is operator Derick Almena’s right hand woman.

Investigators said they have told the fire and sheriff's departments to treat the area as 'a potential crime scene'. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley said Monday her office has just started its probe and has not yet determined whether a crime even occurred. This photo shows inside the warehouse just days after the deadly fire
Investigators said they have told the fire and sheriff’s departments to treat the area as ‘a potential crime scene’. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said Monday her office has just started its probe and has not yet determined whether a crime even occurred. This photo shows inside the warehouse just days after the deadly fire
Devastating aerial photos show the aftermath of the deadly inferno that took place at an Oakland warehouse during a party Friday night, as prosecutors launch an investigation that could lead to murder charges. A crane (pictured) was being used to lift wreckage as part of continued search efforts on Monday
Devastating aerial photos show the aftermath of the deadly inferno that took place at an Oakland warehouse during a party Friday night, as prosecutors launch an investigation that could lead to murder charges. A crane (pictured) was being used to lift wreckage as part of continued search efforts on Monday
Investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also helping with the probe of the blaze. Authorities said they believe they have located the section of the building where the fire started, but the cause remains unknown. Workers are raised by a craned at the site of the warehouse
Investigators with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also helping with the probe of the blaze. Authorities said they believe they have located the section of the building where the fire started, but the cause remains unknown. Workers are raised by a craned at the site of the warehouse

‘Lisa is complaining about the tv but I’m not coming to you complaining when she is dripping blood in the sitting room after coming back from one of her rituals?’

She also complains about Almena turning off her TV and says the kids living in the commune are often unsupervised and they leave garbage and toys everywhere.

She wrote: ‘I don’t want to come home to work to a room full of kids with garbage and food and toys everywhere or no kids and their garbage and toys. And the screaming has to stop or the visits stop.’

Danielle Boudreaux, who has known Almena and his wife Micah Allison for eight years, said the property became more and more squalid as time went on.

She told DailyMail.com: ‘There were piles of wood with nails sticking out, cat faeces, tall piles of laundry of mildewed clothes, there would be food all over the place.

‘Most of the windows on the bottom floor were blacked out from the plies of wood and everything.

‘People are calling it a staircase but would you call a jungle gym a staircase? It was crates.

‘He at one point cleaned out a piano store, 35 pianos and six organs, and they were all in there.’

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ryan Parry