Did REFRIGERATOR cause deadly Oakland fire? Investigators focus on new lead as video emerges from inside illegal artist enclave just before blaze erupted.
December 7th, 2016
The deadly Oakland warehouse inferno that took the lives of 36 people during a party Friday night may have been caused by a refrigerator.
Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern told reporters on Tuesday that investigators with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have identified a refrigerator as possibly being where the fire sparked.
A video taken inside the enclave just hours before the tragedy, shows a few partygoers dancing and laughing among each other in a darkened room.
The dark and grainy video appeared to back up stories from survivors who have previously told how they had to fight for a way out of the burning warehouse down a narrow staircase.
One of the people who escaped told authorities there were flames coming from the refrigerator.