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Ghost Ship founder testifies at manslaughter trial: 'You can't put into words how I feel'

OAKLAND, Calif. - With his head bowed and his voice quivering, the man who founded the Oakland art installation that turned into the site of one of the deadliest blazes in California history took the stand in his manslaughter trial Monday, expressed remorse and appeared crestfallen as relatives of those who died in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire looked on.

Derick Almena, 49, said he felt responsible for the 36 men and women who died when a fire erupted during an electronic dance concert inside the warehouse in

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