9 killed in US warehouse fire, dozens still missing

2016-12-03 20:02
Firefighters assess the scene where a fire tore through a warehouse party in Oakland in the San Francisco Bay area. (Josh Edelson, AP)

Firefighters assess the scene where a fire tore through a warehouse party in Oakland in the San Francisco Bay area. (Josh Edelson, AP)

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Oakland - At least nine people died in a blaze that broke out during a party in a converted warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area early on Saturday,  according to fire officials.

Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said at least another 25 people are unaccounted for as of Saturday morning. Authorities are working to verify who was in the building when the fire broke out.

Deloche-Reed said the roof collapsed and that fire investigators will have to search through debris to find any remaining bodies.

The fire chief said what started the fire is unclear, but that there did not appear to be sprinklers in the building.

Authorities told KTVU-TV about 50 people were inside the building, which houses a group of artists and their studios.


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