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2016 Oakland Building Fire Victims

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2016 Oakland Building Fire Victims

At least 36 people are confirmed dead in a building fire in Oakland, California, that began Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, according to CNN.

The building, a warehouse collective where artists live and work, was the scene of a large party when the fire broke out, according to news reports. Firefighters arrived at the location at 11:32 p.m. By that time the fire had spread to much of the building. The cause of the fire has not been determined, but the building was not equipped with smoke detectors or a working sprinkler system.

“A majority of the fatalities were found up on the second floor,” Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach-Reed told reporters Saturday. “It must have been a very fast-moving fire.”

The number of missing people has been estimated from attendees of the gathering who have not been accounted for yet. A search of the building is ongoing.

“This is a true loss for the city, for the firefighters who responded, and the people who lost family and friends. It’s just tragic, a real tragedy,” Deloach-Reed told KPIX-TV.

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