At Least 9 Dead After Late-Night Fire at Oakland Warehouse
Authorities fear there may be as many as 40 fatalities from a fire overnight at a warehouse in Oakland, California, where a party was taking place, though only nine deaths have been confirmed thus far, officials said.
Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said authorities are prepared for a mass causality event.
The Oakland Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire on 31st Avenue at around 11:32 p.m. on Friday night. Most of the bodies were found on the warehouse’s second floor, which was only accessible by a makeshift stairwell assembled with various materials, according to Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed.