As death toll rises to 36 in Oakland fire, hazard halts search

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  • Published: 12/05/2016 12:00 AM

The death toll in the devastating Oakland warehouse fire climbed to 36 early Monday as officials said the search for more bodies had to halted due to precarious conditions just after they found what they suspect is the area where the blaze started. The number of victims recovered from the gutted building grew by three overnight, but work on recovering more bodies was stopped just after midnight due to a “wobbly” wall that was leaning inward and making the situation too dangerous for firefighters to continue, said Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton of the Oakland Fire Department. “We absolutely believe the number of fatalities will increase,” Drayton said at a 6 a.m. news conference.


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