The latest news from the Oakland Ghost Ship fires has the death toll at 36.
A dance party on Dec. 2 turned tragic when a fire broke out in the Ghost Ship Artist Collective warehouse in Oakland, Calif. So far, authorities have not released a cause for the fire as they continue to search for more victims. Here’s what we know so far.
The Ghost Ship was hosting an EDM dance party.
Horrible news in Oakland with possibly up to 40 people dead at an EDM warehouse party. Prayers for all families effected. #oaklandfire
— Dick UCONN Vitale (@BleedingCTBlue) December 3, 2016
The warehouse was a regular place for DJs and electronic dance music lovers to gather and dance, according to The Ghost Ship’s website.
The death toll is up to 36 people with 70 percent of the building searched.
— Aaron Davis (@BaronBavis) December 5, 2016
As of Dec. 5, authorities have confirmed that 36 bodies have been removed from the warehouse with 11 being positively identified. So far, only seven names have been released.
Eleven victims have been positively identified but authorities have only released 7 names.
— Imperio Populi (@saksivas_) December 5, 2016
Authorities are still working to identify the rest of the victims and are withholding the new names in respect of the victims’ families. One name of the original 8 identified was not released because the victim was a minor.
There still isn’t an official cause for the fire, according to authorities.
— Claudine Wong (@ClaudineKTVU) December 5, 2016
There has been an investigation opened into determining the cause of the fire.
The founder of the warehouse collective, Derick Ion, was illegally renting the space to artists and throwing parties.
Oakland warehouse fire is product of housing crisis, say artists and advocates https://t.co/FrjE72Nqvn
— The Guardian (@guardian) December 5, 2016
According to USA Today, Ion never bothered to secure the permits necessary to use the warehouse for housing and parties. “Those permits had not been taken out,” Darin Ranelletti, the director of Planning and Building at the city of Oakland, told the press during a news conference, according to USA Today.
Ion has pissed people off with his insensitive Facebook post about the fire.
— Cofeeholik?☕️ (@debbdotblonde) December 4, 2016
In a post in his now deleted Facebook page, Ion mourns the loss of, “Everything I worked so hard for.” People were quick to point out that he ignored the people who died in the fire.
There have been several complaints made about the safety and maintenance of the warehouse.
— Joe Khalil (@JoeKhalil_Media) December 5, 2016
“I was not shocked that [the fire] happened. I was saddened that so many people had to die for the truth to come out,” Shelley Mack, who used to live at Ghost Ship, said during a press conference, according to KRON. Mack added that there were “all kinds of electrical cords running through there illegally. Massive extension cords. Heavy musical equipment. That place was just a death trap. I didn’t think it was going to last this long before it went up or somebody shut it down.”