By Leah Rosenbaum
June 2, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. - The day was dawning clear and sunny as Dan Robertson
picked his way through the remnants of the inferno. The veteran firefighter
was with a few of the other guys, making a final sweep to check that all the
flames were out, when morbid curiosity got the better of them. He was cold
and wet from water and sweat, and his knees told him it was time to go home.
But he wondered, what does a warehouse look like, all burnt up from the
They walked over charcoal debris; some stuff they could recognize, like rugs
and alarm clocks. Other stuff had melted into dark indecipherable shapes.
The winter air smelled like that moment when you pour water on a big
log-filled campfire, but with scents of burning plastic and chemicals mixed