At least nine people were killed and over a dozen unaccounted for after a fire broke out at a party in an Oakland, California warehouse late Friday night.
According to a Facebook event page, the warehouse on the corner of 31st Avenue and International Boulevard in the city’s Fruitvale neighborhood was hosting musician Golden Donna’s 100% Silk tour.
Authorities say at least 50 people were in the building at the time of the three-alarm blaze.
“We still have to do a more thorough search of the building and we don’t know the potential number of other victims,” Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed told the East Bay Times. “This is a true loss for the city, for the firefighters who responded, and the people who lost family and friend. It’s just tragic, a real tragedy.”
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Firefighters first received a call about the fire at 11:30 p.m. Friday night. Within an hour, the blaze had torn through the roof. Authorities added that the fire didn’t activate the building’s smoke detectors, and that there was no sprinkler system in place at the warehouse, which served as a live/work and studio space for local artists.
Deloche-Reed added, “We’ve done a preliminary search we are up to nine known fatalities. There’s still a still a lot of the building that needs to be searched.” Over 55 firefighters were needed to extinguish the fire, the second major blaze in Oakland in as many months.
A representative for 100% Silk did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Golden Donna’s Facebook page describes the project as “the electronic outlet of Madison, Wisconsin’s Joel Shanahan”; one Facebook user wrote that Shanahan had escaped the fire. Other artists scheduled to perform at the Oakland party included Cherushii, Nackt and Russell Butler.
The event’s Facebook page is now an active thread where friends and family can check on the status or whereabouts of those still missing. Police are also asking anyone looking for missing persons associated with this fire to contact the Alameda County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau.