Family assistance center set up following deadly warehouse fire in Oakland

OAKLAND (KRON)—The city of Oakland has set up a family assistance center for those who are looking to find their loved ones after the deadly warehouse fire in Oakland.

Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted that the center is on 2425 East 12th Street. People can also call (510)382-3000 if they are not sure where to find them.

The Red Cross along with sheriff’s deputies and city services have converted the space for family and friends to check in, get updates and have resources to comfort them.

All day dozens of people have come through the doors where food and counselors are available for those who may be distraught by the devastating ordeal.

KRON4 spoke with a man early Saturday who arrived just minutes before black smoke began billowing out the front door of that warehouse party.

He and the headlining DJ Golden Donna were standing outside when people began to yell fire and those who could ran out the building.

He said people tried to help those on the upper floor through a side alleyway using a ladder to put up to the windows, but no one on the second floor was able to get to them.

KRON4 spoke with one family who came looking for their cousin and his girlfriend who are two of at least 25 people that remain missing at this time.

The fire broke out during a rave in a warehouse on 31st Ave. and International Blvd. in Oakland around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Thirty people have been confirmed dead and two dozen people have been reported missing.

About 50 to 100 people attended the event.

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