UPDATE (12/6/16, 10:10 a.m. ET):: The death toll has now risen to 36, officials said, in what The New York Times has called "one of the worst structure fires in the United States in over a decade."
UPDATE (12/4/16, 4:12 p.m. ET): Officials have confirmed that 30 people died in the fire that destroyed an Oakland warehouse and arts collective. On December 4, Alameda County Sheriff Sergeant Ray Kelly said that search efforts were still underway, and that the death toll will likely rise as 80 percent of the building still needs to be checked out by the authorities.
An evening of dance music took a terrible turn in the late hours of December 2 when a three-alarm fire roared through an Oakland warehouse, killing 24 people and leaving many searching for loved ones as several people remain missing.
The performance, which featured Golden Donna and other artists signed to 100% Silk, the Los Angeles–based electronic music label, took place on Oakland’s 31st Avenue in Fruitvale. The fire began around 11:30 p.m., and the Oakland Fire Department was working well into the morning on the scene. The East Bay Express reports that the warehouse, which was a live-work space and artists collective, did not have a sprinkler system.
Amanda Brown, co-owner of 100% Silk, confirmed to L.A. Weekly that two artists who performed at the venue that night, Cherushii, a.k.a. Chelsea Faith Dolan, and Nackt, a.k.a. Johnny Igaz, remain missing.
In a press conference, Oakland fire chief Teresa Deloach-Reed said that the roof of the building had collapsed, and that this is preventing authorities from conducting a thorough search, The Guardian reports. “We are hoping that the number nine is what there is and that there are no more,” said Deloach-Reed. “But we have not done a complete search of the building.” Deloach-Reed also said that the cause of the fire remains unknown.
This is a breaking news story, and MTV News will be updating with additional information as it develops.