Dozens feared dead from fire at Oakland, CA warehouse party
A fire swept through a secret-location, warehouse electronic music party in Oakland, CA on Friday night (12/2), killing at least nine people with dozens more missing and feared dead. From the LA Times:
Firefighters were beginning to move through the burned-out remains of the building looking for victims. The building’s roof caved in, and debris will make the search effort difficult, Kelly said.
As of 2:20 p.m., officials said the number of fatalities remained at nine but that the search was continuing. Kelly stressed that the death toll was likely to rise — but by how much remains unclear. Officials said there were at least 12 survivors, one of whom went to a hospital for treatment.
There is no known cause of the fire. While arson is not suspected, Kelly said investigators are on scene and nothing has been ruled out. Officials said the warehouse isn’t currently considered a crime scene.
Officials believe there likely are more fatalities because there are friends and family who still have not heard from some people who attended the concert. Kelly said there were relatively few injuries among those who escaped.
“This is just a tragedy, and there are no easy answers,” Kelly said. “This is not an easy task.”
With the search effort hampered by unsafe conditions, a list of missing people is circulating on Facebook and via a Google document which has since been made private at the request of the police.
The party at “Ghost Ship” warehouse, which was lacking permits, was part of the Golden Donna 100% Silk 2016 West Coast Tour. Joel Shanahan, who is Golden Donna, is safe but, as 48hills points out, Joe’s 100% Silk labelmates DJ Nackt aka Johnny Igaz and Cherushii aka Chelsea Faith are still missing. Anyone with information is urged to call (510) 382-3000. There are vigils being held all over the Bay Area tonight and our thoughts go out to Oakland.
You can also help, as experimental, heavy hip hop artist (and ex-Hamilton cast member) Daveed Diggs aka clipping. points out:
This is our scene. These are our friends. This is a terrible tragedy. Please help if you can https://t.co/hqEAlnmRnn
— clipping (@clppng) December 3, 2016
Golden Donna played NYC’s Trans-Pecos in September.