Death toll rises to 36 from warehouse fire in California: police

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With the death toll of the Oakland, California fire continuing to grow, the local district attorney's office has dispatched a criminal investigation team to look into the tragedy.

"When you have the amount of victims that we have, you don't rule anything out," Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department told The Los Angeles Times Sunday night. "People want answers. People want to know that the investigation into this fire is very thorough."

As of Monday morning, the death toll was 36.

Related: Images from the warehouse fire

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OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 03: Smoke rises above a warehouse as firefighters work to put out remaining hot spots following an overnight fire that claimed the lives of at least nine people at a warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood on December 3, 2016 in Oakland, California. The warehouse was hosting an electronic music party. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Imag
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 03: A woman becomes emotional while speaking on the phone near the scene following an overnight fire that claimed the lives of at least nine people at a warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood on December 3, 2016 in Oakland, California. The warehouse was hosting an electronic music party. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Imag
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 03: Firefighters work at the scene following an overnight fire that claimed the lives of at least nine people at a warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood on December 3, 2016 in Oakland, California. The warehouse was hosting an electronic music party. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Imag
Oakland, California, firefighters inspect a warehouse (Rear C) on December 3, 2016, where a fire during a rave party killed 9 people on December 2. Nine people were killed and 25 missing after a huge blaze broke out during a rave party near San Francisco held in a cluttered, maze-like warehouse for artists, known as 'Oakland Ghostship,' fire officials said Saturday. / AFP / Virginie GOUBIER (Photo credit should read VIRGINIE GOUBIER/AFP/Getty Images)
People embrace during a vigil at the Chapel of the Chimes for the victims of a fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, U.S. December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
A woman places flowers at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, U.S. December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Firefighters exit a warehouse where a fire broke out during an electronic dance party late Friday evening, resulting in at least nine deaths and many unaccounted for in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, U.S. December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
A firefighter carries a water hose near a warehouse where a fire broke out during an electronic dance party late Friday evening, resulting in at least nine deaths and many unaccounted for in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, U.S. December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Firefighters remove debris at a warehouse after a fire broke out during an electronic dance party late Friday evening, resulting in at least nine deaths and many unaccounted for in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, U.S. December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
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Kelly relayed that the district attorney's office has sent a team of criminal investigators to work alongside the police. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has also sent representatives.

Californians are still looking Monday for answers as to what led to the fire at a warehouse Dec. 2, with 70 percent of the building searched. Officials warned that the death toll will likely rise.

The converted warehouse was known as the Ghost Ship, and served as a venue for the artistic community. A concert was underway when the fire broke out.

Kelly said that some of the victims were teenagers; the majority were in their 20s and 30s.

Some reports note how much wood was in the building, with the East Bay Times calling the warehouse a "quirky, cluttered, wood-filled space — with no smoke alarms or sprinklers."

City records show the building was under investigation in November for an "illegal interior building structure."

Some of the deceased's family members have complained about the nature of that investigation. Oakland City Council member Noel Gallo told the Bay Area News Group Saturday that nobody had answered the door when inspectors visited the building on Nov. 17, and that the city apparently did not try again before the time of the fire.

"We need to get our act together," Gallo said of the city.

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