Nine people are confirmed dead in a blaze at a warehouse that hosted an electronic dance party in Oakland, Calif. late Friday.
Emergency responders are searching through the charred debris of a warehouse that had been converted into artist’s studios in the Fruitvale neighborhood.
Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said officials expect to pull up to 40 bodies from the debris.
Nine bodies were found on the second floor of the structure. A makeshift staircase separated the 1st and 2nd floors.
An emergency call came into 911 at around 11:30 pm Friday, according to fire officials. The fire department arrived on the scene to find the small warehouse consumed in flames and heavy smoke.
“in my career of 30 years, I haven’t seen something of this magnitude,” fire Chief Deloach Reed told reporters.
He said the building was cluttered with clothes, furniture, statues and mannequins.
The private rave party was promoted on Facebook for artists, musicians and performers.
“SECRET EAST OAKLAND LOCATION ANNOUNCED DAY OF SHOW,” the Facebook page said. The party was expected to last until 4 am Saturday.
The Facebook page has become a source of information for grieving family and friends of the deceased and missing.
Family members posted identifying information of their loved ones — such as clothing, age, weight, and tattoos.
Fire officials do not suspect foul play or arson.