The warehouse located at 1305 31st Avenue in Oakland, California was home to the Ghost Ship collective. A safe space for many who lived there – including artists, poets, musicians – it went up in flames on Friday in a tragic accident that took the lives of at least 36 people. Of these victims, 11 have been identified, with authorities sharing the names of seven people: Cash Askew, 22, David Cline, 23, Travis Hough, 35, Donna Kellogg, 32, Sara Hoda, 30, Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32 and Nick Gomez-Hall, 25. The name of an eighth victim, a 17-year-old boy, was withheld because of his age.
As can be seen in photos from before the fire, the building contained a large collection of oddities and confusing structures. Oakland Fire Department Chief Teresa Deloach Reed described the building as being "like a maze."