The death toll from a deadly warehouse fire here rose to 36 and the search for move victims was placed on hold Monday after authorities determined the building was dangerously unstable for firefighters inching through the devastation.
Oakland Fire Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton told reporters a crew was working to stabilize the massive building so the search and investigation could continue. Drayton has said the work has been arduous, with debris being extricated “bucket by bucket.”
The death toll reached 36, but authorities said they expected the number to rise. So far, the names of seven victims have been released. Authorities said DNA samples were being taken of some victims and that identification of some remains could take weeks.