Recovery teams say they have now found 24 bodies in the charred ruins of a rave venue in Oakland California following Friday’s deadly fire.
Officials expect the number of dead to rise significantly.
Between 50 and 100 people are thought to have been at the party when the blaze swept through the warehouse.
Oakland is in shock:“It’s a tragedy, I mean, a lot of young people going out to have a good time in the wrong place at the wrong time, you know,” said one Oaklander; another found it hard to comprehend’: “I am sorry for everyone’s loss, it’s the people I didn’t know. It’s just, I can’t even…, it’s mind blowing. Heartbreaking.’‘
The fire department say the building known as the Oakland Ghost Ship was packed with furniture and artists materials making access and escape difficult.
Investigators allege there was no sprinkler system and the city had received complaints of unauthorised construction.