Oakland, CA: A community mourns for the victims of the deadly “Oakland Ghost Ship” warehouse fire.
The community of Oakland, California is mourning for the victims of a deadly fire that ripped through a warehouse known as the “Oakland Ghost Ship” on Friday, December 3rd, 2016.
Officials say that at least 33 people have died, but that number may increase as the search continues for any more victims inside the burn down and collapsed warehouse.
Officials on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 have identified some of the victims.
** Victims: **
– 32 year old Donna Kellogg from Oakland, California
– 22 year old Cash Askew from Oakland, California
– 35 year old David Cline from Oakland, California
– 25 year old Nick Gomez-Hall from Coronado, California
– 30 year old Sara Hoda from Walnut Creek, California
– 35 year old Travis Hough from Oakland, California
– 32 year old Brandon Chase Wittenauer from Hayward, California
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According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly, victims range in age from as young as 17 years old to people in their 30’s.
“It’s very unfortunate that we have to tell you that we have 17 year old victims,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly.
According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly, among the dead include an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Deputy’s son and people visiting from countries across the globe such as Europe and Asia.
The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau has asked that the families of people who are still missing “preserve sources of DNA,” including combsand toothbrushes, to “prevent future delays” in the identification process.
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The deadly fire occurred at about 11:30pm PT on Friday, December 3rd, 2016 on the 1300 block of 31st Avenue in Oakland, California.
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According to Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, the building was “subdivided into other occupancies” and between 50 and 100 people were partying on the upper floor.
A Facebook event page indicates that the fire sparked at the warehouse during a Golden Donna show – promoted by Los Angeles-based dance label 100% Silk – being held from 9:00pm PT on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 to 4:00am PT on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016.
The Facebook page has since been changed to the “Memorial Page for Oakland Fire”.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly said at a news conference that they expects that number to continue to climb as firefighters maneuver through the wrecked “Oakland Ghost Ship”.
Oakland Fire Department Operations Chief Mark Hoffman described the building as a “labyrinth,” dotted with wood workers, sculptors, painters and more.
According to Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed, there was no evidence of smoke alarms or sprinklers.
Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said further, its charred roof collapsed onto the second floor, which in places plunged onto the first floor.
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Officials brought in heavy equipment, including cranes, dump trucks, excavators and bulldozers, to create a safe path into the building.
Firefighters and police describe the work searching the burned warehouse as painstaking and painful.
“It was quiet, it was heartbreaking,” said Oakland Fire Department Battlenet Chief Melinda Drayton.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and American Red Cross also set up a family assistance center at 2425 East 12th Street in Oakland, California.
People can called: 1 (510) 382-3000 for help searching for their loved ones.
The public may access the latest updated information on the City of Oakland’s website at: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/ or by calling at: 1 (510) 238-2181.
The City of Oakland is asking the public to please do not contact the Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau unless you believe a family member may be a victim of the fire.
“We have contacted every family member. We have sat down with them. We have talked to them. We have cried with them. We have spent hours and hours with them,” said Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Ray Kelly.
According to the City of Oakland, the City of Oakland extends condolences to the families who have received the dreadful news that one of their loved ones perished in the fire.
California Governor Jerry Brown offered his condolences to the victims of the fire.
Oakland Fire Department continues to work with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Oakland Police Department, Alcohol Tobacco and Fire, CAL OSHA, Alameda County Search and Rescue and the American Red Cross to continue the recovery effort and conduct the investigation into the cause of this deadly fire.
“It’s still under investigation,” said Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton adding, “We don’t believe we’ve even gotten close to the point of origin of the fire.”
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has activated the criminal investigation teams and is actively looking at this with all of the other law enforcement partners.
Many organizations and Bay Area residents are reaching out to help.
The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has started an online fundraising page and has raised more than $217,130.
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The Oakland Athletics tweeted their support for those affected by the fire saying, “We will work together to heal our community.”
The A’s also sought donations and pledged to match contributions up to $30,000.
The Golden State Warriors also plan to hold a moment of silence for the victims at Saturday night’s game.
Proceeds from the game’s Warriors Community Foundations 50/50 raffle will support family assistance services for the Oakland fire, team officials said.
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