At Least 36 Dead in Oakland Warehouse Fire (UPDATED)


oakland-fireAt least nine people were killed in a warehouse fire in Oakland, California last night.

According to SFGate, roughly 100 people were in the warehouse for a Golden Donna show when the fire broke out. Oakland firefighters tweeted updates from the scene:

Oakland’s fire chief said that at least 9 have died and dozens more are missing, but officials are saying the death toll may dramatically rise:

The Facebook page for the event is currently being used to update people on the most recent developments and listing all the missing persons.

Watch KTVU’s report above.

UPDATE – 8:20 p.m. ET: Friends and authorities are still in the recovery process to address the devastation caused by the fire. Multiple news outlets indicate that at least a dozen people remain unaccounted for, and Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly is still saying the death count could increase to approximately two dozen once everyone has been identified.

The recovery was briefly halted earlier today, when safety professionals and firefighters had to inspect the damage and determine whether the building was safe to walk through. The Alameda County Sheriff’s office eventually gave the okay, and recovery operations are still in progress.

“This is a devastating scene,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf, according to CBS. “This is complicated and it is going to take us time to do the methodical, thorough investigation that these families deserve.”

UPDATE 12/4/16 3:33 PM ET: According to CNN, the death toll has now raised to 30 and it may still climb. Only 20% of the building had been searched as of Sunday morning.

UPDATE 12/5/16 9:11 AM ET:

New information made available at a press conference this morning includes an updated death toll. There are now 36 confirmed deaths as a result of the fire. Of those, 11 were identified thus far.

Work inside of the building stopped last night when it was deemed unsafe for workers. It is expected to resume and when it does, the toll may still rise.

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