More information has been disclosed.
A source of the fire that killed 36 people last Friday night at Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland may have been appliances near the rear of the artists space, Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahern told The San Francisco Chronicle.
“On that back wall, there was a 45-degree angle burn, and they need to look at that area very carefully,” Ahern told The Chronicle. “And in that area is a toaster, a small refrigerator, and slightly larger refrigerator, small and about four feet high, like one from the 1950s.
“We’re not saying a refrigerator is the cause, we’re just saying that’s the area where the ATF is looking.”
According to the Chronicle, electrical hookups throughout the space were a “hodgepodge of dangerously jerry-rigged wires strung between a wild collection of artworks, pianos, furniture and hand-crafted creations. Fire officials said the makeshift nature of the building had long made it ripe for ignition.”
As of December 5, police had recovered and identified 36 bodies from the wreckage. This story continues to develop, with no clear cause of the blaze discovered yet.