California Officials React to Deadly Oakland Warehouse Fire

Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials issued statements of condolences Saturday after a warehouse fire in Oakland, California, left at least nine people dead, with the possibility of the death toll rising to 40.

Brown, the former mayor of Oakland, said in a statement that he and his wife, Anne, were saddened to hear about the deadly blaze.

In the statement Saturday he said: "Our thoughts are with the entire city in this difficult time and we extend our condolences to the family and friends of those lost."

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom also took to Twitter to send his thoughts to the Oakland community and thank first responders for "risking their lives to save others."

State Attorney General and U.S. Sen.-elect Kamala Harris also tweeted her reaction Saturday, saying, "Sending strength and prayers to Oakland for those lost and suffering. A terrible, terrible tragedy."

Deadly Fire Rips Through Converted Warehouse in Oakland

State Assemblyman Rob Bonta issued a statement via Facebook and tweeted it. Bonta, who represents the 18th district, which includes Oakland, offered his condolences to the victims and their families.

"As a strong Oakland community, I know we will come together to help and console our friends and neighbors," Bonta said in the statement. "My office stands ready to help in any way. I ask everyone to take a moment in your own way to remember these victims and support their families."

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a separate statement calling the fire "an immense tragedy."

Authorities say they fear up to 40 people might have died in the fire at a warehouse converted into artist studios that was hosting an electronic dance party.

Rescue crews were combing through wreckage and still trying to access parts of the warehouse Saturday.

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