Police report 'casualties' in fire at warehouse party

Oakland Club Fire

Police report 'casualties' in fire at warehouse party

A huge blaze broke out at a warehouse party in Oakland, California, with dozens of clubbers feared dead and many still inside the building.

Firefighters in Oakland investigated the three-alarm structure fire Saturday morning.

In addition, a Google Spreadsheet has been created where people are updating the status of those that were unaccounted for.

Authorities told the local KTVU network about 50 people were inside the venue. The paper reports that it took about four hours to get the fire under control. "A flea market of items" were inside, she said. The office said the coroners were also at the scene Saturday morning and unavailable for comment.

The building was the site of a rave Friday night called the Golden Donna 100% Silk 2016 West Coast Tour, according to a concert Facebook page.

Fifty-five firefighters are said to have fought the blaze. She said 50 to 100 people were believed to have been at the party when the fire started and that clutter "made it hard for people to escape". The Oakland firefighters' twitter account posted videos of flames erupting out of the warehouse roof.

There are still large portions of the building that has not been searched.

When he escaped, he could see someone calling for help from second-floor window, and tried to get a ladder, " but they jumped out the window. He said there was an event there Friday night and people started to smell smoke.

"It's going to hit the city, its going to hit our organization, to have an incident of this type, of this magnitude", she said. Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo, whose district includes the warehouse, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the building "has been an issue for a number of years".

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Deloach Reed told reporters that there appeared to be "only one way" up to the building's second floor, where the majority of the bodies were found.

The building, which housed artists including several who apparently lived there, had numerous partitions and a makeshift stairwell built from pallets.

Fire officials say they do not believe the building had sprinklers.

On a Facebook page associated with the building, people posted names of friends that were unaccounted for, hoping to hear good news.

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