Grieving father visits site of deadly Oakland fire

Robert Lapine

OAKLAND (KRON) — A father of an Oakland warehouse fire victim traveled from Utah, in hopes of finding closure among the rubble.

Robert Lapine, lost his 34-year-old son Edmund in the devastating fire that killed 36 people.

As he stood outside the burned building and smelled the ashes, he tried to describe what he was feeling in that moment.

“There’s a lot of things that I wish I had said to him, but I’ll never be able to, and that’s what’s sad,” he said.

He talked about how important it was to come here and see the building face-to-face, to take pictures, and to leave with a sense of closure.

Edmund spent the last two years in the Bay Area, and always kept in contact with his dad.

He worked at a bakery while pursuing a career as a DJ.

At a gathering that took place in honor of Edmund, Lapine met his son’s bosses and others who knew him.

He says there was an “incredible amount of people,” who were helpful to him and his family during this time of mourning.

Lapine thanks them for being “very outreaching,” and he hopes they see this interview.

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