UPDATED: At least 36 people died Friday night in Oakland after a massive fire broke out during a warehouse party for the electronic music label 100% Silk, according to the most recent updates on Monday morning. Approximately 100 people were in attendance.
“Total of 36 victims located in 31st Ave fire, work stoppage due to structure conditions, 70% of building searched,” the Oakland Police Dept. tweeted on Monday morning. Officials said at a press conference Sunday afternoon that the search of the rest of the building could take days.
12/5/16 @ 6:00am – Total of 36 victims located in 31st Ave fire, work stoppage due to structure conditions, 70% of building searched.
— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) December 5, 2016
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau began releasing the names of the victims, including a deputy’s son, on Sunday night. Criminal investigators are on the scene probing the fire, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The fire — one of the city’s deadliest blazes and one of the country’s deadliest structure fires in the last decade — started around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the East Bay Times, and brought 55 firefighters to help extinguish the flames. The paper reports that it took about four hours to get the fire under control. The Oakland firefighters’ Twitter account posted videos of flames erupting out of the warehouse roof.
Golden Donna, Cherushii, and Nackt were among the bands scheduled to perform as part of the Los Angeles-based label’s West Coast tour.
Oakland police said those who were concerned about missing people in the fire should contact the Alameda County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau at 510-382-3000. A Facebook thread has also been created on the event’s page in an attempt to account for those who are still missing.
— Oakland Firefighters (@OaklandFireLive) December 3, 2016