Oakland, California 5 December Warehouse Fire Ghost Ship 36 people died, Criminal Probe
Eleven of the 36 victims have been positively identified, officials said Monday.
Crews have searched about 70 percent of the building, a 10,000-square-foot warehouse that was converted into an artists collective and exhibition space and that has been investigated by city officials for blight and illegal structures.
On Sunday, the coroner’s office released the names of seven: Cash Askew, 22, David Clines, 35, Travis Hough, 35, and Donna Kellogg, 32, all of Oakland; Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, of Coronado, Calif.; Sara Hoda, 30, of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32, of Hayward, Calif.
The massive fire that engulfed the building broke out late Friday night, during a concert attended by more than 50 people. Some of them are still missing. Others have been confirmed among the dead
By the time firefighters first arrived at the scene, staircase to 2nd floor had burned , and the building’s roof had collapsed.
Oakland authorities halted their grim search for bodies in the ruins of a warehouse blaze on Monday due to structural weaknesses in the fire-gutted building.