Sheriff’s Office: 9 Confirmed Dead in Oakland Warehouse Fire; Dozens Still Missing

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OAKLAND -- Nightfall at the wreckage of the Ghost Ship, the Oakland warehouse turned artist's collective turned party space, that caught fire during a party last night.

"We know that there are bodies in there that we can't get to," said Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Nine bodies have been recovered behind the curtains of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. But there are at least two-dozen more people still unaccounted for.

The roof has already collapsed on this fire-weakened structure, and the whole building is in jeopardy of coming down, so getting inside now means dismantling the building, piece-by-piece.

"We are going to flood this place with light as much as we can, but nighttime operations are going to slow us down a little bit, " Kelly said. "We have to move slowly here."

Nighttime work is a mixed blessing though, because as the air and rubble cools from the fire, helicopters above can use heat signature cameras to look for signs that anybody might still be alive inside.

The nine dead that were recovered were on the outskirts of the wreckage -- spots most easily accessed by recovery crews.

"Now we begin to go deeper into the building, and that's where all the infrastructure problems are," Kelly said.