- John Barylick: Oakland fire is "the most recent example of humans' inability to learn from tragedy"
- Attorney who represented families in 2003 fire says we must be vigilant about safety
John Barylick is a Rhode Island attorney who represented victims of the 2003 Station Nightclub Fire. He is the author of "Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America's Deadliest Rock Concert." Barylick teaches complex litigation at Boston University School of Law and is of counsel to the firm of FoleyCerilli, PC, in Providence, Rhode Island. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)This past Friday night saw a deadly fire erupt in Oakland, California. Within minutes, at least 36 young lives were snuffed out at the Ghost Ship, a dilapidated warehouse with a history of violations and complaints (including reportedly being reported to the fire marshal in 2014).