A fire in an Oakland warehouse has left many people from the LGBTQ community mourning the deaths of loved ones. Thirty-six people are dead, and others missing, after a fire broke out at a party on Friday at the Ghost Ship warehouse.
According to LGBTQ Nation, trans musician Cash Askew and two other trans women, Feral Pines and Em Bohlka, were killed. Other victims that perished and have been identified are: David Cline, Nick Gomez-Hall, Sara Hoda, Travis Hough, Donna Kellogg and Brandon Chase Wittenauer.
CNN says that the blaze at the warehouse-turned-arts space was one of the city's deadliest. Investigators believe that the fire began at the back of the building. That area has been "quarantined off for additional investigation" today.
Authorites say that it could be weeks to identify all the victims through DNA and dental records. Sheriff Sgt. Ray Kelly encourages family members, per CNN, to preserve personal belongings (e.g. hairbrushes and toothbrushes) to be used for DNA identification. He says that authorities are working with the trans community to also help identify victims.
President Obama issued a statement on the tragic fire today.