Criminal investigation opened as death toll in Oakland fire rises to 33

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OAKLAND — A criminal investigation team has been activated in a massive warehouse fire that killed at least 33 people, city officials in Oakland, California, said in a news conference Sunday. Investigators said they had searched through about one third of the building.

The dead include an unspecified number of teenagers, said Sgt. Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. An electronic dance party was being held in the warehouse when the blaze broke.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau has established a Family Assistance Center with the American Red Cross in Oakland. Grief counselors and other resources were available on site.

Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, an art and design non-profit in San Francisco, has set up a YouCaring fund to support victims.

Professional sports teams from Oakland are joining the cause.

The Oakland A’s baseball team set up a YouCaring fundraiser and pledged to match donations up to $30,000 — a goal contributors have already surpassed. The Oakland Raiders joined their effort and will observe a moment of silence in recognition of the victims before today’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

The San Francisco Giants tweeted Saturday night that the team would support the fund started by the Oakland A’s.

The Golden State Warriors basketball team is donating $50,000 to the Unity Council in the Fruitvale district to support the victims of the fire. The team held a moment of silence before last night’s game versus the Phoenix Suns.

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