California warehouse party fire kills at least 9

December 4, 2016 04:43

OAKLAND, Calif. - At least nine people were killed and dozens missing after fire raced through a warehouse dance party in Oakland, California, authorities said on Saturday, adding they feared the death toll would rise once search teams entered the gutted building.

The cause of the blaze and precise number of casualties remained undetermined hours after flames engulfed the two-story, structure that occupied about half a city block and housed a cluttered warren of artists' studios, craft booths, antiques and furniture.The blaze started at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday in the city's Fruitvale district, a mostly Latino, blue-collar area that is also home to many artists living and working in converted lofts.

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