Anniversary of the Ghost Ship fire

Ghost Ship fire survivor Sam "Peaches" Maxwell and mother Wendi Maxwell in his Oakland home in 2016. Photo courtesy Bill and Wendi Maxwell

Tomorrow it will be one year since a swift and horrible fire raced through an underground Oakland warehouse colony called the Ghost Ship, killing 36 mostly young people.

And injuring one Stockton man. Sam “Peaches” Maxwell was the last person to make it out.

Injuries from the fire took a terrible toll on Maxwell, who was then 32. The scalding smoke seared his lungs. “He has fought off pneumonia, sepsis, septic shock, a cardiac episode, blood pressure fluctuations, fevers, a swollen liver and spleen,” his father, Bill Maxwell said in this column.

Sam remains an invalid at his parents’ Stockton home in painfully gradual recovery.

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