Details continue to pour forth regarding last Friday’s blaze in Oakland, California, which officials say has claimed the lives of 36 people. The city’s district attorney is considering criminal charges in the matter as the investigation remains underway.
The search for answers continued Tuesday in Oakland as city, state and federal agencies sifted through wreckage in one of the city’s deadliest building fires on record.
Bucket by bucket, investigators painstakingly removed debris from inside the warehouse-turned-art-space, narrowing the fire’s origin to the rear of the building, Oakland Fire Deputy Director Darin White said. By Monday afternoon, about 70% of the building had been cleared.
In another area of the property, the sheriff”s coroner began autopsies on the 36 bodies so far discovered, Alameda County Sheriff Gregory J. Ahern said.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley promises that her office will “leave no stone unturned’ in their criminal investigation. Front and center in the investigation is warehouse leaseholder Derick Ion Almena, who headed the arts collective called the Ghost Ship inside the space. Almena is not being treated as a suspect as of this writing.
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