9 dead, 25 unaccounted for in Oakland warehouse party fire

9 dead, 25 unaccounted for in Oakland warehouse party fire
# 03 December 2016 17:23 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. At least nine people have died in a fire during a club night near San Francisco, authorities say, APA reports quoting CNN.

The fire started at 23:30 local time on Friday (07:30 GMT Saturday) in Oakland, police told the BBC.

The venue was hosting a concert by electronic group Golden Donna. The event's Facebook page indicates a number of people are missing.

Local broadcasters said some 13 other people were missing. The KTVU network said about 50 people were inside.

The building housed artists in studios, it said. It did not appear to be a formal concert venue.

One of the artists who lived in the building, photographer Bob Mule, told the East Bay Times he tried but failed to help a friend get out.

"I literally felt my skin peeling and my lungs being suffocated by smoke," he said. "I couldn't get the fire extinguisher to work."

Fire chief Teresa Deloach-Read told the newspaper the building had no sprinkler system.

Videos posted on social media by the fire department showed a large fire burning through the roof of the building. Three fire engines were called out.

The event's Facebook page said the event, that featured seven acts, was to be held in a secret location in the east of Oakland, that was announced only on the day it was held.