Brooklyn man still missing in Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36
A Brooklyn man is among the missing after a fire broke out at a warehouse in Oakland, California, killing at least 36 people over the weekend, officials say.
Alex Ghassan, 35, a Brooklyn film director attended a dance party at the warehouse Friday when the fire broke out, his family told the New York Post. They say they have not heard from him since the fire.
The search for bodies is expected to continue at least another day.
The building known as the "Ghost Ship" was an artist workspace and illegal home for a rotating cast of a dozen or more residents, those who lived there or visited often said.
Former residents said it was also a death trap with few exits, a rickety makeshift staircase, piles of driftwood and a labyrinth of electrical cords. The ground floor had five recreational vehicles and other nooks used as living spaces that were rented out to tenants, while the upstairs had space for concerts like the deadly party that drew up to 100 people Friday night.
Ghassan is a father of two.