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Oakland Warehouse Rave Fire - 36 confirmed dead - 2016

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by fran, Dec 3, 2016.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    At least nine people are killed and another dozen missing after devastating fire breaks out on the second floor during a 100-person late-night rave inside an Oakland warehouse with no sprinklers
    • Officials say at least nine people died in massive fire in at 'Rave Cave' that was held in an Oakland warehouse
    • Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said that at least another 25 people are still unaccounted
    • She said: 'We still have to do a more thorough search of the building and we don't know the potential number of other victims'
    • Officials say there was no sprinkler system in the building and firefighters saw no evidence that smoke detectors were activated during the blaze
    • Crews found flames on three sides of building when they arrived to scene after fire started around 11:30pm
    • Party in city's Fruitvale district was part of musician Golden Donna's '100% Silk' West Coast tour
    • Oakland police said those concerned about missing people should contact the Alameda County Sheriff's Coroner's Bureau 510-382-3000


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...use-party-blaze-breaks-out.html#ixzz4RnGN27L4
     
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  2. fran

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    Death toll from California warehouse fire rises to 24 as crews keep searching wreckage

    The death toll from a fire at an illegal California rave jumped to at least 24 by Sunday morning, as authorities continued searching for partygoers still missing after the blaze.

    Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said crews had found 24 bodies so far from the wreckage of the the so-called “Ghost Shop” warehouse in Oakland. Authorities feared up to 40 people could have perished in the blaze.

    Kelly said it could take “considerable” time to identify the victims, some of whom were burned beyond recognition. None have been publicly named.

    read more ........... http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/death-toll-rises-calif-warehouse-fire-article-1.2898375
     
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  3. fran

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    Pictured: Six victims identified as firefighters recover THIRTY bodies from Oakland warehouse despite only being able to search just one fifth of the site
    • Cash Askew, Donna Kellogg, Pete Wadsworth, Barrett Clark, Nex Iuguolo and Travis Hough were all casualties of the blaze at the Oakland Ghost Ship after it caught alight at around 11.30pm on Friday night
    • Officials say at least 30 people died in massive fire while police warn that the death toll is likely to rise
    • Fire crews have searched just 20 per cent of the building and say it will be days until they can access the entire structure
    • Authorities say that due to the condition of the bodies, they may need to consult dental records or even may require some families to bring in items for DNA matching, such as a hairbrush
    • Bob Mule, one of the revelers, told how he got burned trying to drag Wadsworth to safety to no avail
    • He needed me to pull him out. I tried my best - he was a larger gentleman. I had to let him... I had to let him...' he said, his voice breaking. 'The thought of him in there is in my brain'
    • Authorities were able to clear away more of the debris last night and have spotted more bodies this morning
    • Officials say there was no sprinkler system in the two-story building and firefighters saw no evidence that smoke detectors were activated during the blaze

    Six victims have been named as firefighters announced they have recovered 30 bodies from the Oakland warehouse party blaze.

    Cash Askew, Donna Kellogg, Pete Wadsworth, Barrett Clark, Nex Luguolo and Travis Hough, were all at the Oakland Ghost Ship when the warehouse caught alight at around 11.30pm on Friday night.

    Today, they became the first named casualties of the devastating fire as the official death toll hits 30 - as authorities warn it is likley to rise.

    Investigations continue but the fire chief admitted that they had not 'even gotten close to the point of origin of the fire.'



    Authorities said that some victims will have to be identified by matching dental records or even DNA testing as families are urged to bring in items such as hair brushes to see if the DNA matches the bodies.


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    A neighbor of the Ghost Ship warehouse, who saw it go up in flames, has claimed the blaze began in a junk yard belonging to the artists.

    Nick Garcia, 21, said he first saw a little fire in the the empty lot next to the building which was full of RV parts, wood and welding equipment.

    He told Daily Mail.com: 'We saw it a little bit start in the yard, and then within about five minutes the entire building was burning and then after that there was nothing. Within about five minutes of a little fire in the yard, the whole thing lit up and then it burned for like four hours.'

    Nick said the building's windows had metal screens on making them impossible to use as an escape route.

    He said: 'The windows had like screens on them, if you look at the outside of them they were bolted on metal mesh. There's no way, they couldn't even jump out of them if they wanted to. I know there was a way to get to the roof, because we've seen people on the roof.

    'It used to be a warehouse and it was abandoned for a long time and then these people moved in about three or four years ago. They are in and out different people, if you want to come and stay there you can stay there.'



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-party-fire-dozens-missing.html#ixzz4RuGjDufG
     
  4. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    'It was heartbreaking': Veteran fire chief chokes back tears as she explains teams have been painstakingly removing debris at Oakland warehouse 'bucket by bucket'
    • Oakland Fire Chief Melinda Drayton choked back tears as she talked about the search for victims
    • She said search was 'somber' and 'quiet. 'It was heartbreaking', she added
    • 'It is tragic to watch so many people perish from a fire fatality in front of your eyes and have to be stoic in your job be professional in your actions'
    • Sergeant Ray Kelly, of Alameda County Sheriff's Office, added that it had been a 'very emotional' case for all the responders
    • Twenty four bodies have been recovered from the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse after it caught alight at around 11.30pm on Friday night
    • But Drayton says her crews have only searched 20 per cent of the building
    • The death toll will almost certainly increase, Sergeant Ray Kelly added


    A veteran Oakland fire chief choked back tears during a press conference as she described the effort to find victims after the deadly warehouse blaze.

    Oakland Fire Chief Melinda Drayton struggled to maintain her composure as she addressed the press about the painstaking efforts of her crew inside the smoldering ruins of the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse.

    The 19-year veteran of Oakland Fire said the blaze, the most deadly fire she had ever seen in the city, had been 'emotional' for her firefighters.

    The search was 'somber',' she explained. 'It was quiet. It was heartbreaking,' Drayton said, fighting to keep back tears.



    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...e-blaze-emotional-everyone.html#ixzz4RuR1k9XH
     
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  8. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    You could see this coming.
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    fran


    Oakland fire: Criminal investigation opens into deadly blaze

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    Officials have opened a criminal inquiry into a fire that killed at least 36 people at a warehouse party in Oakland, California.

    The premises had already been under investigation prior to the fire over possible building code violations.

    The warehouse had no sprinklers and one ex-resident called it a "death trap".

    Fire crews are still working at the scene and have warned that the number of fatalities is likely to rise.

    It is thought between 50-100 people were inside the venue when the fire broke out late on Friday.

    The blaze caused the roof to collapse on to the second floor, part of which then fell through to the ground floor. Its cause is not known.

    "When we started this investigation, if you had told us that you would have 33 victims, we wouldn't have believed you," said Sgt Ray Kelly of Alameda County, before the death toll rose by another three. "I don't know how many people are left in there."

    "People want answers. People want to know that the investigation into this fire is very thorough," Mr Kelly added.

    The opening of a criminal investigation allows authorities to preserve evidence and see if there was any criminal responsibility, whether through arson or negligence.

    read more ............. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38206351
     
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  9. fran

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    Oakland warehouse fire: DA launches criminal probe as death toll



    OAKLAND — As families waited another day for their missing loved ones to be identified from the charred wreckage of the “Ghost Ship” warehouse, the death toll from Oakland’s deadliest fire surged to at least 33 victims Sunday while Alameda County officials announced they had launched a criminal investigation into the inferno.


    “The scope of this tragedy is tremendous,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Sunday afternoon. “We have many witnesses to interview. We have been able to bring in extra detectives to put as many resources on this and get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible.”

    Working shifts around the clock since the blaze broke out Friday night, firefighters described a “quiet, heartbreaking” process of sifting through buckets of ashen rubble, looking for signs of the missing and preserving any clues for the criminal probe.

    At the same time, with only eight of the dead identified by Sunday afternoon, Oakland Police were tasked with the most difficult duty: asking relatives to place personal items — a hairbrush, toothbrush, or comb — belonging to their loved ones into brown paper bags to match DNA if necessary.

    “It’s a terrible thing to have to say,” Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said Sunday, “but that’s what we are left to deal with.”

    http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/12...al-probe-as-death-toll-surges-to-at-least-33/
     
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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Oakland warehouse manager mournful but defiant after 36 die in fire at artists collective

    The manager of an Oakland warehouse said he was “incredibly sorry” for a devastating fire that killed at least 36 people during an electronic music event Friday night, but balked when asked if he should be held accountable for the loss.

    In an interview with the NBC “Today” show on Tuesday, Derick Almena, who manages the building, said he was just trying to create a venue that would host at-risk youth, the gay community and underground artists. Almena said he signed a lease “and I got a building that was to city standards, supposedly.”

    When asked if he should be held accountable for the fire, Almena became visibly upset.

    Standing outside the fire-gutted building, he said, “What am I going to say to that? Should I be held accountable? I can barely stand here right now.”

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-oakland-warehouse-manager-almena-20161206-story.html
     
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    EXCLUSIVE: Filth, chaos, weird religious symbols, feral animals and orgies - inside Oakland warehouse of horrors before deadly blaze as tenant tells of previous fires
    • Exclusive DailyMail.com photographs show the squalor and chaos inside the Oakland warehouse before Friday night fire which left 36 dead
    • Tenant in building disclosed images and lengthy written complaint in which she detailed life inside the Ghost Ship 'collective' - including more revelations about its organizer, Derick Ion Almena
    • Shelley Mack told how he was a control freak who told her off for what she watched on television while she lived there in late 2014 and early 2015
    • He let his three children roam free in the cluttered space which was covered with loose wires and where narrow corridors were blocked with junk
    • Centerpiece of his 'art' was collection of Hindu mystical imagery - but he ignored basics of the building code and she complained that it was a 'fire hazard'

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-Oakland-warehouse-36-died.html#ixzz4S7D9xKTy
     
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    Recovery efforts at warehouse complete

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the Oakland warehouse fire (all times local):

    8:25 a.m.

    Recovery efforts at an Oakland warehouse fire have ended and the death toll stands at 36.

    The fire broke out at the warehouse during a dance party Friday night.

    The news comes a day after Oakland officials declared a local state of emergency due. The Oakland City Council is slated to ratify the state of emergency on Thursday. This will begin the process for state and federal aid.

    Officials say a refrigerator was a potential source of the fire, but it was too soon to say for sure.

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    Ghost Ship: authorities arrest two in deadly fire that killed 36

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    Two proprietors of the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland where 36 people died in a fire in December were arrested Monday morning and charged with felony involuntary manslaughter related to the deadly blaze.

    Master tenant Derick Almena and the art space’s creative director Max Harris each face 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter and up to 39 years in prison, prosecutors said.

    Almena and Harris “knowingly created a fire trap... then filled that area with human beings and now face the consequences of their actions,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley on Monday in announcing the arrests and charges.

    Almena was arrested in Lake County and Harris, who uses the name Max Ohr, was arrested in Los Angeles County. Attorneys for Almena and Harris were not immediately available on Monday morning....
     
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    Ghost Ship case presents unique test for landmark bail ruling

    A landmark state court ruling that orders judges to consider jail alternatives for criminal defendants too poor to afford bail gets one of its stiffest tests Friday when the men blamed for the notorious 2016 Ghost Ship fire make a plea for freedom as they head toward trial.

    A judge will hear defense attorneys’ motions to dismiss the case against Derick Almena and Max Harris and to keep them from being held in jail during the trial, which is scheduled to begin July 16.

    The three-dozen involuntary manslaughter counts against Almena and Harris present an unusually high-profile test for the First District Court of Appeal’s Humphrey decision, which in January ordered state judges to move away from rigid bail practices and lean on alternatives like electronic monitoring for defendants unlikely to skip out on court or pose a public danger.

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05...resents-unique-test-for-landmark-bail-ruling/
     

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