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Officials prepare for dozens of fatalities from fire during concert at Oakland warehouse


Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, those still missing and all friends and family after a tragic fire last night in California. The horrific fire that left 9 dead with more still missing took place at a warehouse party in Oakland. The rave was thrown by dance music labels 100% SILK, CGI Records and Not Not Fun, according to the Facebook event page.

This article originally appeared on LA Times

At least nine people died when a fire raced through an Oakland warehouse crowded with people attending a Friday night concert, officials said.

Authorities said they were preparing to deal with dozens of fatalities after a fire raced through a converted warehouse crowded with people attending a Friday night concert, officials said.

Nine bodies have been recovered, but Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said officials were prepared for up to 40 fatalities. He said many of those inside the warehouse were young, some from foreign countries.

Firefighters were beginning to move through the burned-out remains looking for victims. The building’s roof caved in, and debris will make the effort difficult, Kelly said. Firefighters plan to use drones with thermal imaging equipment to search the building.

There is no known cause of the fire. While arson is not suspected, Kelly said investigators are on scene and nothing has been ruled out...

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