Oakland, California (CNN)At least 33 people have been confirmed dead, including teenagers and a deputy’s son, in a massive blaze that gutted a converted warehouse over the weekend during an electronic dance party.
The death toll is expected to rise as crews search the wreckage of the two-story building, which burst into flames late Friday night. Roughly 30% of the building had been searched as of Sunday afternoon, Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said in a news conference Sunday.
It could take weeks to identify victims through DNA and dental records, he said. Officials have asked victims’ families to preserve potential DNA samples from such items as their loved ones’ hairbrushes and toothbrushes to assist in identifications. He added that officials were also working with the transgender community to identify some of the victims.