The search for bodies in the “Ghost Ship” Oakland warehouse fire was restarted Monday morning and authorities said the area’s electricity will be turned off for 12 hours.
A planned power outage around the the site of the warehouse at 1305 31st Ave. where a fire Friday night killed 36 people was set to begin at noon so a large crane could be moved near the site, said an Oakland police spokesperson at a news conference Monday.
“We don’t want anything touch those power lines so this is a safety issue,” said Oakland Police Department spokesperson Johnna Watson. “We are trying to assemble all of our…resources to try and minimize the impact that this will cause.”
The crane is meant to help in the search effort, which had been halted Sunday night because of fears of structural safety. The search restarted at 9 a.m. Monday, said Watson.
The outage is believed to impact from 50 to 500 customers and was expected to last 12 hours.
PG&E planned to call customers in the area about the outage.
The warehouse, which was the home and work space to an unknown number of people, was holding a dance party Friday night when a fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Fire crews arrived soon after but were unable to save the dozens of people trapped inside the building at 31 Avenue and International Boulevard.
The search efforts began Saturday morning and the body count has continuously risen since then.