Oakland warehouse fire

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.

  • violet_skyz

    Wow

  • lil goodie

    GOD BLESS…prayers going up for the families. ..???

  • charallday

    Wow

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    see clip … Love these babies…. see clip https://youtu.be/7LP_I_Wb1KY

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    This reminds me of the E2 nightclub stampede in Chicago, back in February 2003.

  • ThisIsWhat40LooksLike

    That was cute ?

  • MsSincerity

    That came to my mind too. The image of them piled on top of each other in that stairwell is forever etched in my memory.

  • Scromes1212

    God be with these families. So sad. How does this happen

  • Teide_luv

    This is so sad.. thanks for the post.. God bless them all…

  • MScommunication

    I will keep them in my prayers.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Back then, I was still going to clubs. That story really made me question the safety of some of the bars I was going to. I starting sitting closer to the exit.

  • Finding Forever…

    A makeshift staircase separated the 1st and 2nd floors.
    ~~~~~~~~~
    Just read & saw videos on the Washington Post. I think it mentioned the steps were made of pallets, so I could only imagine the many fire code violations while watching. I truly pray for God’s comfort & healing to the many victims & their families.

  • Finding Forever…

    Awwwww. Thanks for that piece of feel good. Now Mike did his thang but the tallest one in the middle. That kid had to have been in the mirror woooorkin’ that count. Clean lines & ain’t miss a step. Great job to the parents too from the hair & clothing on down to the steps. TWO THUMBS UP!

  • MsSincerity

    Yep, I’m sure it had a lot of people thinking about exit strategies.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ?? too cute they are

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ???

  • mark

    U live near there? Im Valley ridge.

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ The Dutchess

    My prayers are with the families may all of them find peace & closure at some point through this horrible ordeal

  • Benita Renee’

    Prayers for the families…

  • Carolina Blue

    Cute…

  • CaliVirgo

    Praying for the families affected by this tragedy. This happened in my city. So sad

  • S T

    THAT WAS SPECTACULAR!! Those babies were so on point!! That’s was ill. Thank you for that. Everything lately has been so morose, that clip made me smile so hard. Thank you. Shout out to those kids; right on time?

  • S T

    Ok? ?? They didn’t miss a beat! Looked and felt like the era, and did the entire routine with mad detail. Then fros justa wavin! Yassssss!

  • S T

    Isnt Baldwin Hills an affluent African American area in Los Angeles? I saw it, I think, referenced in that HBO show Insecure.

  • CaliVirgo

    Yeah Yeah Yeah yeah…Too cute??

  • puppylove

    Yes, but it is right next to the jungles.

  • Passion

    That was awesome, thanks for posting it!?

  • CaliVirgo

    Not the jungles tho..

  • the guest

    Heartbreaking that young people and artists can’t have safe places to create and congregate. Makeshift pallet stairs? In 2016? Prayers for strength and comfort to the families. Heartbreaking.

  • S T

    Not the jungles!! ?

  • Soren

    RIP to all.
    I’ve been to this place.

  • ReadingsFundamentalH8TStalkers

    God bless all those affected. Thanks for posting Sandra! I appreciate when posts stretch beyond the “A”. :-)

  • Incog-knee-gress

    They cute!!!

  • Incog-knee-gress

    God bless everyone touched by this

  • Incog-knee-gress
  • Scorpio

    These artists studios/galleries have slowly been becoming a problem in Oakland, they have parties without permits and close off streets, just a couple of months ago there was another one of these galleries, not of this magnitude that had one of these parties and two people were shot and killed outside of it. Merchants that surround these events and galleries have been complaining for a while to City Hall about them, maybe now something will be done.

  • ReadingsFundamentalH8TStalkers

    Godt Damnit!!!

  • hotntot95

    Omy..?..going to find my Hennessy again.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Crazy ain’t it smh

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Prayers up

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/02/health/sandy-hook-gun-violence-psa-trnd/index.html

    Please look at this video dedicated to sandy hook. Very scary and surreal

  • Pootietang

    This seems like a ritual or sumthin

  • Pootietang

    This is the owner. People lived there with no showers and everything. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154043090696630&id=585721629

  • Pootietang
  • GuestSTAR

    Me to. You must be from the Bay. It’s a not far from where I graduated high school.

  • Anji

    Blessings to all family members. Grateful it seems no children’s lives were lost. Artists sometimes live in unsafe places while pursuing their craft. Tragic.

  • felinelurker

    I read that earlier. Smh

  • felinelurker

    Watching Insecure marathon on HBO. Why didn’t yall tell me about this?

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    SR: I’m not sure if you’ll do an update on this post, but the promoters of the warehouse party did not have a permit. No permit, sprinklers and clearly no exit plan in the event of an emergency. This is beyond tragic.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    I asked @E-Vanna whether or not she has seen it. I watched the marathon last weekend and have the full season on my DVR. I started watching Divorce and recorded every episode of that show. Once I saw Insecure, Divorce didn’t matter.

    Insecure is a really dope (seemingly) extension of Awkward Black Girl. It’s like Awkward Black Girl will a bigger budget and better co-stars.

    They’re working on season 2 right now.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Not sure ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    No I don’t … Just a clip … Thought it was too cute

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile ??

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    That one in the middle was getting it in Chile ?

  • CapricornIce

    In the history of me having cellphones , I have never ever had a cracked screen. This was always a pet peeve of mine, seeing other people walk around with a cracked screen. Now guess who has a f*ckin cracked screen? I am so pissed. Smh.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    I sang Broken Piossee for days up here

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    It happens, u gotta get that protector.

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    So sad RIp condolences to family and friends.

  • MScommunication

    Wow that was deep.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Someone set this fire intentionally and I don’t care what the fire department says.

  • S T

    I was wondering whether there were blow torches or other artist tools that may have sparked the fire….but you may be on to something….This is horrible.

  • S T

    Awwww now I feel guilty! I was sooo gonna log on and comment about the marathon to my SR peeps!! But then I got comment shy!! My bad. Hope u caught all or at least most of em!! I was trying to find the music list!!! Solange is doing her thing as music director!! Put me on to some ill tracks!! ?

  • S T

    You see seasons 1 and 2 of Awkward Black Girl? Just in case, here ya go:

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL854514FC0EBDCD8E

  • S T

    Yes!!!

  • Soren

    Yup yup

  • felinelurker

    Lol

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I still gotta check it out!

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    I did. I think people were mentioning it on Twitter back when, which is why I started watching it.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    The WHITE MAN that owned the warehouse , didn’t or doesn’t give a shat about the people that died in the fire. In fact he’s more concerned about his garbage that went up in flames and his own family that wasn’t harmed at all. I think his white ass on the run too. Smh.

  • Sexy CJ

    YOU !!!!!!……..

    https://youtu.be/MGDUP4KlSPg

  • Renee Bee

    Omg! Why is he so selfish and insensitive? His junkyard was a hippy compound. All he is worried about is HIS tangible junk and HIS family. Folks died! Lord be a shield!

  • Pam

    Wow!!! This is a gospel cut? Very Nice ??

  • Sexy CJ

    Yes !!!!………It’s Like The Gospel Version Of Pharrell’s….”Happy”…….Very Upbeat !!!!!…….

  • Scromes1212

    Just seen where Monica Peterson got killed in Haiti. She was the lady that broke pizzagate (human trafficking). Could be more to her death.

  • Gabriella Greentree

    I remember when they got married and everyone saw this comong but kanye…smh https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/45c2ea4d5823ee47d24c372b795d52b8a5abbaee7b7d21307d7c92283a4cb3c4.png

  • Sexy CJ
  • Nonya Bizness

    WOW! I’d say definitely more to her death(not that we’ll ever know what it is, or that she’ll be the last). How sad.

  • Scromes1212

    Exactly. I seen some reports they say it’s suicide but that’s hard to believe.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    So sad!!! I wouldn’t wish this on anybody!!!

  • Nonya Bizness

    Mmm Hmm. It’s always suicide.More like suicided. The first video I tried to watch on Pizzagate, I only made it through 7 minutes. It made me extremely sick. I did watch an interesting video last night though on YT. It was trying to link Kanye’s rant in Sac with exposing Pizzagate, and how he was mentioning Aliens. I guess some months ago Pizzahut had some commercials with aliens in them, and some PH commercials with some guy babbling about Conspiracy Theories. I don’t watch tv, I DVR, so I don’t see commercials, but the video was saying that Kanye may have been in the know and telling secrets about Pizzagate. It was showing pics of Kim with that Spirit cooking lady, and then a pic of Kim with the Spirit Cooking lady and Riccardo. It was interesting/Creepy.

  • CapricornIce

    @Jussie. Hush. Lol. I’m heartbroken I just bought this phone. I had a protector.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch
  • Scromes1212

    I don’t know about aliens lol but if you get a chance look up Hillary’s brothers. I think one is Tony Rodham. He calls himself a “facilitator” he has been involved in several dealings that were questionable, all over the world.

  • Username 222

    So sad:(

  • Username 222

    Smh

  • Username 222

    I think this was intentional as well.

  • felinelurker

    I remember seeing the previews but didn’t pay attention. I was channel surfing & came across it. I didn’t know it was that funny (and true)!

  • felinelurker

    Yes, I saw all last night, since I was in the bed sick. It kinda reminds me of Girlfriends. Also, don’t be comment shy. I lurk mostly but comment every now and then!

  • GuestSTAR

    When its all said and done, she’s going to be the poor innocent victim of the evil, deranged, crazy black man. Her media machine is going to make sure she comes out clean.
    I don’t feel sorry for Kanye’s azz tho.

  • S T

    Uh oh, get well soon!! Yes it does remind me of Girlfriends too!

  • S T

    I wanna know how she learned to act/write script!! Her degree is in something totally different. Smart lady, that Issa. Can’t wait for Season 2!! ?

  • S T

    Yessss!! Hope you like it! Let us know, so we can talk on the comments about it!! ?

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Prayers for the families of the deceased and victims

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    IDK, but it seems like she is portraying herself. I’m not sure if she is from L.A., but Awkward was shot in Inglewood, right off of Manchester between Crenshaw & Van Ness. Only an Angeleno would really know the area. I’m going to look her up and see what I can find.

    Sidebar: Someone decided to put Jay Ellis’ gf front and center. I’m surprised people are surprised she is blonde. I remember him having a crush on “Kelly” from The Game, as if she was going to go from Keenan Ivory Wayans to Jay’s struggling ass, but ok.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Ok… So she was born in Los Angeles. (No surprise.) She is Senegalese-American. Stanford grad. 32 yo next month.

  • S T

    Oh yeah, I knew. She has a good interview on The Breakfast. Club and some HBO and MTV interviews. But she never, that I recall, really spoke on how she studied or learned the industry. I’m way impressed by her writing and acting. So when season 2 comes on, I’ll look for you in the comments!! ?

  • S T

    Thank you!! ?
    Ohhhhhh lord. I’m not shocked either. But still….mm. Idk why ish like that makes me feel like I’m paying for her Prada. ???.

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    You may just be paying for her Prada. The funny thing about income is once it’s generated, it is at the discretion of the earner how they spend it.

    She is probably nothing like the character she portrays. Probably the antithesis of it. Whatever the case, she does a good job. I like the cast, save for Amanda Diva from MTV.

    Daniel is a fine hunk of dark chocolate. He reminds me of someone I used to know – someone I wish I still knew.

  • S T

    ? Someone ya wanna know again eh?? ? I totally hear ya!!

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    He was so gorgeous. Nigerian, but more of a NYer stylistically and the way he spoke. Dark. Intelligent. Smooth af. I couldn’t pronounce his name to save my life, which never happens to me. I’m good with obscure names. It’s kinda like you have a secret situationship because you don’t what everyone knowing your business and trying to wreck a good thing. *sighs*

  • Anji

    Love this. Thanks for posting. Especially in these posts. :)

  • Jussie-JustLooking4Peace

    Ohh man homie. U know u had that cute protector, not gotilla cage one.

    Stop walking with phone. Take it from me. Sorry ?

  • SpiceGirl

    prayers for all….a tinder box waiting to catch fire….so sad!!

  • Emily post

    Everyone with eyes and common sense knew that was coming. Once she started out with press releases. They did the same thing to Lamar. She has control of his $$ and her and her family has gained all the fame for just associating with him in music and fashion. Those men gave no name nobodies credibility and pretty much forced people in entertainment and fashion to associate with them.
    Kanye been nuts he didnt just get that way she knew the right time to move. Very Calculating and manipulative her and her family are but he is very colorstruck and wants to impress the non blacks so that comes with it. Another successful career taken down and flushed down the toilet. At least the Kardashians and Family got even more famous off him.

  • Emily post

    She is already using the Media to write that narrative.

  • disqus_TrCUDzOzuG

    An Asian woman living in China owned the building. This guy was acting as a property manager of some sort.

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Sending prayers to the victims, family, and friends. May the life’s lost rest in peace. Very sad.