Authorities in Oakland, California, said on Tuesday they do not expect the death toll from a blaze that engulfed a converted warehouse during a dance party to rise above 36 but could not rule it out as they continued picking through debris.
Emergency workers have searched and cleared 85 percent of the charred building, officials told a news conference. Searchers are still sifting through the rest of the structure, with some parts too unstable to enter.
“We’re going to continue the process until absolutely every piece of debris is removed from the building (and) every area has been searched,” said Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Johnna Watson.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. It erupted late on Friday in a sprawling two-story building known as the Ghost Ship that was leased to an artists’ collective. (Reuters)