Monday, December 5, 2016

33 People Were Killed In A Major Fire Outbreak

At least 33 people were killed in a major fire that destroyed the interior of a warehouse converted in Oakland, California, during a celebration of electronic music.
It is expected the death toll to rise as search teams checked the remains of the two-storey building, which burned down on Friday night.

Only 20 percent of the building had been examined until Sunday morning, authorities said. "We anticipate that the number of victims ... will increase," said Alameda County Sheriff Sgt Ray Kelly. The names of the victims could be known throughout Sunday.

The head of the Oakland Fire Department, Melinda Drayton, said the search operation could be long and complicated as the fire-eaters working to remove debris. "We basically firefighters with their uniforms, trays and shovels removing debris to a vacant lot to be loaded onto trucks and taken to another site lot," he said. 

 Drayton, who has been in the department for 19 years, said it was one of the worst fires in the history of Oakland. A fire at Oakland Hills in 1991 left 25 dead. The mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, described the loss of "immense tragedy" and promised to give all the information that can be shared with the public as soon as possible.

Independent journalist Sam Lefebvre said that many people were coming to the place where the fire started, as the party would last until very late. The winery is a kind of artistic space decorated with many antique and furniture, Lefebvre told CNN. The time he reached the site of the party, John Evanofski saw huge flames that lit the night amidst columns of black smoke. "You could feel the heat of the flames," he told CNN. 

"Most of us cried or was unable to react. It was very hot and it was terrible to know that many of us were still inside." Family and friends flocked to social networks concerned to know the whereabouts of their loved ones. A Facebook page created for the event became a forum where relatives of the victims fielding desperate for news about friends and acquaintances messages. 

The survivors put their names to report they were fine. For the filmmaker and photographer Bob Mule, the winery was both home and community. Mule, 27, told CNN that more than 20 people lived in the building, paid rent and were all involved in the creation of space. The building is known as the "ghost ship". 

 Online photos show the interior filled with musical instruments, clocks, beds, sofas, tables, benches, and artifacts. exotic lamps hung from the ceiling and paintings adorned the walls. Darin Ranelletti, acting director of planning and construction of Oakland, told reporters Saturday that the city had only given permission for the building was used as a warehouse, not residents.

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