9 Dead, 13 Missing After Fire at California Dance Party


At least nine people died at a California dance party late Friday when a massive fire broke out at the warehouse space where dozens of clubbers had gathered for a night of music and dancing, officials said.

Another 13 people are missing following the mid-rave blaze, the East Bay Times reported.

Fire officials have not yet been able to search the entire building, which was still burning early Saturday morning, so the death toll could rise.

“We don’t know the potential number of other victims,” Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed told the newspaper.

The blaze broke out around 11:30 p.m. at a live-work space in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. The building houses a group of artists and their studios, officials said.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Meg Wagner