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UPDATE: Warehouse fire victims include teens

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UPDATE: Officials in Oakland say the 33 people confirmed dead in a fire at a warehouse range in age from teenagers to 30-plus years old.

Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly says authorities have identified some 17 year olds among the victims.

He says some of the victims are from Asia and Europe. Officials say they have identified victims through fingerprints.

The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party.

Officials believe 50 to 100 people may have attended the event.

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A chaplain who met with families trying to determine if their loved ones are among the dead in a fire at a dance party says the uncertainty is difficult to bear.

Oakland Fire Department chaplain Jayson Landeza said Sunday the families want to be able to have some kind of closure. Landeza met with the families at an Alameda County sheriff's office in Oakland, California, that has been turned into a family resource center.

At least a dozen people have gathered there.

Officials have searched only 20 percent of the charred remains of the building where they now say 24 people died after a fire erupted during a dance party.

The number of dead is expected to rise.

Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly says officials have been in touch with the families of three of the dead.

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Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll from a fire in a converted warehouse has risen to 24.

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 Authorities say arson investigators and other fire experts will comb through the wreckage of a deadly fire in Oakland, California, but the burn site is not considered a crime scene.

Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly says Saturday that fire investigations must start out looking at worst-case scenarios.

The blaze broke out about 11:30 p.m. Friday, and officials have confirmed nine deaths.

They fear up to 40 more could have died. Authorities are working to verify who was in the building when the blaze broke out.

Terry Ewing says his girlfriend was at the party and is missing. He went to a sheriff's office building Saturday to await information.

He says he didn't know about the party and that he learned of the fire from friends who came to his house.

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Sheriff says officials prepared to deal with up to 40 deaths in Oakland, California nightclub fire.

Fire officials say the roof collapsed during a music event.

At least nine people died in a fire that broke out at an Oakland warehouse where people were having a party, fire officials said Saturday.

KTVU reported that another 25 people were unaccounted for.

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At least nine people died in a fire that broke out at an Oakland warehouse where people were having a party, fire officials said Saturday.

KTVU reported that another 25 people were unaccounted for.

The station reported that Oakland firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire at the warehouse about 11:30 p.m. local time Friday and were still on the scene Saturday morning.

Firefighters told the station there were about 50 people inside the building in Oakland's Fruitvale district.

Police told the station the building houses a group of artists and their studios.

Friends and family of party-goers were on social media early Saturday looking to confirm the whereabouts of loved ones, according to the East Bay Times.

Some people have posted images and messages on Facebook of people they believe are missing, while other have posted that they had escaped safely, the paper reported.

“It was too hot, too much smoke, I had to get out of there,” Bob Mule, a photographer who lives at the building, told the paper. “I literally felt my skin peeling and my lungs being suffocated by smoke. I couldn’t get the fire extinguisher to work.”

Mule suffered minor burns. He said he saw another person jump from a second floor window.

The fire erupted during an event featuring musician Golden Donna’s 100% Silk West Coast tour, the paper reported.

A police spokesman referred an Associated Press reporter to the coroner's office. The office said the coroners were also at the scene Saturday morning and unavailable for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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