Death toll rises to 24 in Oakland warehouse fire

Baku, December 4, AZERTAC

The death toll rose to 24 Sunday in the massive fire that roared through "Ghost Ship," a warehouse-turned-artist collective and popular party space in Oakland, California, US, according to USA Today.

Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ray Kelly said only 20% of the building had been searched since Friday night's blaze, so a final death toll could be days away.

"That number will go up," Kelly said, adding that "firefighters are tired, exhausted. This is very emotional."

The fire broke out during an electronic music party at the warehouse, some of which had been converted to makeshift art studios and living areas. The party apparently took place in a large open space on the second floor accessible by a single wooden staircase.

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