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A warehouse in Oakland, California, where a “rave party” as it was referred to, ended abruptly earlier today after a frenzied fire erupted during the party, which resulted in what is believed to be 9 dead, and over 40 more missing, as the details are developing.

Amongst those 25 confirmed missing, some work and lived there as well.

The fire chief of Oakland Teresa Deloach Reed stated that “We still have to do a more thorough search of the building and we don’t know the potential number of other victims.”

Claims by officials report that it is believed that the warehouse compromised of 30-70 people.

A large force of 55 firefighters rushed to confront the fire, and at some point while inside were forced to retreat themselves from the building as the situation worsened rapidly.

This event has already been marked as the worst fire that took place in a single structure throughout the history of Oakland.

Fire fighters claim that were no sprinklers in sight and there is no evidence to be revealed that any smoke detectors were ever triggered during the incident.

Bob Mule, a survivor himself, described the disaster and said “I literally felt my skin peeling and my lungs being suffocated by smoke. I couldn’t get the fire extinguisher to work.” Bob witnessed someone crying for help from the second floor and attempted in getting a ladder only to witness that they jumped out the window eventually.

The DJ of the night, who is famous as Golden Donna, but his real name Joel Shanahan posted on a Facebook page where he clearly wrote this would be his last tour as he is “on the verge of a nervous breakdown.”

Meanwhile Lana Voronina mentioned that “They are still trying to put out the fire, no communication or sight of people who might still be in there. Waiting here with a group in the parking lot. It’s confusing and chaotic.”

The police have yet to make a complete and accurate identification of all victims and those missing and Eveline Darroch stated that they are inquiring for people to list detailed descriptions of anyone they know, including their names and photos.

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Sara O'Connell
A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.