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RAVE TURNS DEATH TRAP

RAVE TURNS DEATH TRAP

Desperate families and friends of party-goers missing after huge Oakland warehouse blaze killed up to 40 plead for information about the whereabouts of their loved-ones

  • Officials say at least nine people died in massive fire that was held in an Oakland warehouse
  • Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said that at least another 24 people are still unaccounted  
  • Officials say there was no sprinkler system in the two-story building and firefighters saw no evidence that smoke detectors were activated during the blaze
  • Crews found flames on three sides of building when they arrived to scene after fire started around 11.30pm 
  • Alameda County Sheriffs Office Sgt. J.D. Nelson said coroner's office is preparing for 40 or more bodies
  • Party in city's Fruitvale district was part of musician Golden Donna's '100% Silk' West Coast tour 
  • Just last month city officials cited the owner of the warehouse and had launched an investigation into whether the interior structure was illegal
  • As of 6pm ET, authorities were only able to recover one of the deceased, as the building was not completely stabilized for them to go in and recover the rest 
  • Oakland police said those concerned about missing people should contact the Alameda County Sheriff's Coroner's Bureau 510-382-3000

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