Vega, 22, and his girlfriend of four years, 20-year-old Michela Gregory, are among dozens missing after a Friday night blaze that consumed an artists’ collective in a Fruitvale-area warehouse and killed nine people at a dance party — and possibly many more.
Now, a memorial of flowers and candles grows at the site, and their loved ones wait in excruciating agony for news....
Police said Saturday night they had found “several dozen” people — initially thought to be missing — to be safe, without offering specifics. But many of the people with loved ones on the missing person list have gone from anxiously awaiting good news to trying to reconcile the grim reality that they may never see them again.
Kevin Tanouye of Walnut Creek is all but certain that his older sister Jennifer Kiyomi Tanouye of Oakland was at the dance party. It’s been a long day of hoping to hear something, anything, from anyone, about what has happened to her.....
Karely Cerritos said she has tried in vain to reach three of her friends who were at the party — Nicole Siegrist, Benjamin Runnels and Donna Kellogg — and they weren’t listed at local hospitals.
Siegrist is like a sister to her, Cerritos said; after hours of silence from her friend, she fears the worst.
“If I express concern, she wouldn’t ignore it,” Cerritos said.
Just before 2 p.m. Capt. Purnell Hall — a pastor with the local Salvation Army — emerged from the sheriff’s office after dropping off meals to the roughly 50 people gathered inside.
“It’s tough to lose a loved one, and our hearts and prayers are with them,” Hall said. “I just hope that in time they will be able to get the answers they need.” http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/12/03/many-anxiously-wait-for-updates-on-loved-ones-believed-at-the-party/
So, there is going to be close to 50 people dying in this fire.
And when all it is all said and done, we will find out that that the City of Oakland and other government agencies knew that building was going to be a death trap but they didn't do much because the government agencies probably felt sorry for these "starving artists".