9 dead, many miss­ing af­ter US party fire

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At least nine peo­ple were dead and about 25 were un­ac­counted for af­ter a mas­sive fire broke out dur­ing a late-night party in a ware­house in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, the city’s fire chief said yes­ter­day. Fire of­fi­cials were still try­ing to deter­mine how the blaze started at about 11:30 pm on Fri­day, said Chief Teresa Deloach-Reed. The roof of the two­s­torey ware­house in the city’s Fruit­vale dis­trict col­lapsed dur­ing the fire, com­pli­cat­ing ef­forts to re­cover bod­ies, she told a press brief­ing.

Of­fi­cials did not know if any of the 25 miss­ing peo­ple were among the nine con­firmed vic­tims. “There is a large ma­jor­ity of that build­ing that has not been searched,” Deloach-Reed said dur­ing a press brief­ing. “We are hop­ing that the num­ber nine is what there is and that there are no more,” the fire chief said, re­fer­ring to the num­ber of known fa­tal­i­ties.

Deloach-Reed said some of those who were miss­ing may have brought them­selves to the hospi­tal or else­where. She said she did not know how many peo­ple were at the party. The ware­house housed units where peo­ple lived and worked - makeshift artist stu­dios carved out with par­ti­tions, the fire chief said. “A flea mar­ket of items” were in­side, she said. A Face­book event page showed 176 peo­ple planned to at­tend the party, which fea­tured a per­for­mance by the elec­tronic mu­sic act Golden Donna. The page, which listed 355 oth­ers as in­ter­ested in go­ing, car­ried posts from peo­ple who were ei­ther miss­ing or ac­counted for.

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