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Refrigerator potential source of Oakland warehouse fire that killed 36: officials

Posted at 8:19 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 20:19:17-05

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it is looking at the possibility that a refrigerator or other appliance was the source of a warehouse fire that killed 36 people.

Jill Snyder, the special agent in charge of the ATF’s San Francisco office, said it’s too early to say for sure a refrigerator caused the blaze, but she said it was a potential source of ignition.

Snyder said investigators are looking at anything electrical on the first floor of the warehouse near where the fire started.

The fire broke out during a dance party Friday night. Crews have searched 90 percent of the building for bodies.

Sheriff’s officials said they don’t think additional bodies will be found.