“While we still don’t know the full toll of this disaster, we do know that an American community has been devastated, and many people – including young men and women with their whole futures ahead of them – have tragically lost their lives.”
The President thanked “the dedicated first responders who have been working tirelessly for days to contain the situation, recover victims, and treat the wounded.” President Obama concluded, “Oakland is one of the most diverse and creative cities in our country and as families and residents pull together in the wake of this awful tragedy, they will have the unwavering support of the American people.”
The fire started around midnight on Friday at an Oakland warehouse known as the Ghost Ship during a performance by Golden Donna. The show was on the second floor of the space, which was accessible only through a makeshift staircase. Ghost Ship also served as a home for several artists. In the aftermath of the fire, fundraising efforts have collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for victims and their families.