One of the deadliest fires in California took place on Friday night in a warehouse in Oakland. 36 people have been pronounced dead. Most of the bodies were found near the center of the building.
On Friday night, a huge blaze broke out in the back of the warehouse during an electronic music party at a Fruitvale district live-work space occupied by an arts collector. The fire spread so quickly that getting out became hard and it was hard for survivors to pull out others. People jumped out of windows because there was no other way out.
After 52 hours of nonstop working, firefighters stopped searching for bodies near midnight because the search crew discovered a sign of instability in one of the walls. Due to this structural weakness, the Oakland Fire Dept. Chief does not want to put more lives at risk.
Seventy percent of the building has been searched. Firefighters hope to resume the search of the remaining thirty percent of the building after the building has been stabilized. The number of fatalities is expected to increase. For now some bodies have been identified.
Cash Askew – 22
David Cline – 23
Travis Hough – 35
Derma Kellog – 32
Sara Hoda – 30
Brandon Chase Wittenauer – 32
Nick Gomez- Hall – 25
Draven McGill – 17 (youngest victim)
It can take weeks to identify all the victims through dental and DNA records.
A vigil will take place Monday night at Oakland’s Lake Meritt. Mourners have been asked to bring flameless candles, flashlights, and glo-sticks to the vigil.