Oakland Fire Ripped Through EDM Party That Did Not Have City Permits — Dozens Of People Are Still Missing As Officials Prepare For The Worst
This tragic story is still on our minds after breaking yesterday, and we are absolutely heartbroken for all the victims and their loved ones.
As you remember, a fire ripped through an EDM performance at a warehouse-type structure in Oakland on Friday night, killing at least nine people and trapping likely dozens more.
Now, officials have revealed that the event organizers would have needed special permits to hold the rave there — permits they apparently did not have.
To boot, Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf and Planning and Building Director Darin Ranelletti revealed at a press conference late yesterday evening that a complaint had been made recently about "unpermitted construction" taking place in the warehouse just a few weeks ago.
Officials were still investigating that claim as the fire broke out on Friday night.
The fear, of course, is that because the structure is so unique — and perhaps dangerous — it could have trapped far more people inside than what would happen in a typical fire of this type, and officials are already planning for the worst when it comes to search and recovery.
There's one (major) problem: