A couple embraces near the scene in Oakland, Calif. Sunday, December 4, 2016 (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

A couple embraces near the scene in Oakland, Calif. Sunday, December 4, 2016 (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Authorities ID 33 of 36 bodies in Oakland fire

Authorities said Monday they have tentatively identified 33 of the 36 people whose bodies have been found so far at the site of a warehouse that caught fire in Oakland’s Fruitvale district on Friday night.

In the latest update on the tragic fire at the “Ghost Ship” warehouse at 1305 31st Ave., Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern said 16 victims’ families have been notified of deaths and at least five more families were being notified Monday afternoon.

SEE RELATED: SF high school student killed in Oakland ‘Ghost Ship’ fire

Three of the victims who died were from out of the country, one each from Finland, Korea and Guatemala, Ahern said.

The Alameda County coroner’s bureau has completed 22 autopsies of the 36 victims found so far and more are planned in the coming days, Ahern said.

SEE RELATED: Crews resume search amid Oakland warehouse wreckage

Names of eight of the victims have been released and others will be released as their next of kin are notified.

Authorities believe the death toll will rise as recovery efforts resume in the wreckage of the warehouse, which caught fire around 11:30 p.m. Friday, Oakland Deputy Fire Chief Darin White said.

The recovery efforts were halted early Monday morning because of structural integrity issues at the front of building, White said. He said crews have searched through about 75 percent of the building as of Monday afternoon.

Heavy equipment, including a large crane, has been brought in to aid in the recovery efforts. Power was shut down to some PG&E customers midday and could remain shut off for up to 12 hours to allow the heavy equipment, which could hit power lines, to be moved in, Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson said.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf encouraged people to donate to funds for victims and their families.

The city’s three major sports teams, the Oakland Raiders, Oakland Athletics and Golden State Warriors, have donated $50,000 each to the victims.

A separate fund on the crowdfunding website YouCaring has collected more than $294,000 as of this morning. More information on the fund can be found at
https://www.youcaring.com/firevictimsofoaklandfiredec232016-706684.Bay Area News

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Gov. Gavin Newsom gave an update on COVID-19 cases on Thursday Nov. 3, 2020. (Examiner screenshot)
Newsom announces statewide stay-at-home order tied to availability of hospital beds

Order will take effect in Bay Area when intensive care unit capacity falls below 15 percent

Photo by Abalone Runner/ <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74406455" target="_blank">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>
Former Newsom spokesman Nathan Ballard facing domestic violence, child abuse charges

Prominent Bay Area political strategist Nathan Ballard is facing domestic violence and… Continue reading

Construction crews work on new red bus rapid transit lanes on Van Ness Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA board scrutinizes Van Ness BRT spending

Proposed contract modification would allocate $2.6 million for pedestrian monitors

Mayor London Breed said “I need to hold myself to a higher standard” in response to criticism of a recent meal at a Napa Valley restaurant. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Breed calls criticism for French Laundry trip ‘fair’

Mayor said she regrets that actions ‘distracted’ from public health message as COVID-19 cases rise

City Administrator Naomi Kelly said Wednesday that the allegations against her husband were “based on the word of a liar.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City Administrator Naomi Kelly takes leave after feds charge husband

High-ranking official under scrutiny over 2016 China trip

Most Read