Authorities continue ‘heartbreaking’ search after Oakland blaze kills at least 24

Authorities on Sunday continued the “heartbreaking” search amid the aftermath of a warehouse blaze that killed at least 24 people late Friday night in Oakland.

Fire and emergency officials planned to update reporters at a news conference at 11 a.m. Sunday after saying earlier in the day that the death toll had risen to 24. Previously, authorities had confirmed up to nine people had died in the fire that broke out around 11:30 p.m. at 1305 31st Ave., a warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship” that was being used by an artist collective and hosted the party with musical acts Friday night.

SEE RELATED: Death toll rises to 24 in Oakland ‘Ghost Ship’ blaze

Just 20 percent of the building had been searched as of 8 a.m. Sunday, and an Alameda sheriff’s official said more bodies are expected to be found as the search continues.

The search was described by Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton as “somber” and “heartbreaking.”
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