Death toll in Oakland warehouse fire rises to 36: Official

Officials in Oakland say at least 36 people are known to have died in a weekend warehouse fire, with more bodies still to be recovered.
A memorial seen near the site of the warehouse fire in Oakland, California, that claimed the lives of 36 people on Dec 4, 2016.
A memorial seen near the site of the warehouse fire in Oakland, California, that claimed the lives of 36 people on Dec 4, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - The death toll from a fire at warehouse crowded with dance party revellers rose to 36 on Monday (Dec 5) as fire officials announced they had suspended work because the structure was at risk of collapsing.

Alameda County deputy sheriff Tya Modeste said 11 of the 36 bodies recovered so far at the site in Oakland, California have been positively identified. Previously, the toll had stood at 33.