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Anniversary of deadly fire brings heartache, reckoning

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By SUDHIN THANAWALA
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The one-year anniversary of the deadliest building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade is bringing back painful memories for victims' families and refocusing attention on the San Francisco Bay Area city where the blaze occurred.

Oakland was excoriated following the December 2 fire for a series of failures that allowed the warehouse that burned to function illegally as a cluttered living space for artists with no fire alarms or sprinklers.

A city report in November touted Oakland as safer since the blaze, but some officials have criticized the city's efforts as slow and incomplete.

The city is more than doubling its number of fire inspectors, but the full contingent of 20 inspectors won't be in place until the end of 2018. The database to share information about problem buildings also won't be up and running until next year.

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