Janet Lino, 35, who lives in the neighborhood, looks at a sidewalk memorial near the burned warehouse following the fatal fire in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California, U.S. December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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The death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire climbed to 36 Monday with more bodies still feared buried in the blackened ruins, and families anxiously awaited word of their missing loved ones.Officials said 70 percent of the building had been searched.Flames tore through the building, known as the "Ghost Ship," during a dance party Friday night. Ray Kelly said officials expect the death toll to rise, but he wouldn't speculate how high it might go.Investigators said they believe they have located the section of the building where the fire started, but the cause remains unknown.Neighbors had complained of people living there illegally, trash piling up and other unsafe conditions.Three of the boys had been in the cramped and dark building, Thomas said, but one got separated from them just before someone yelled, "Fire!"Almena had leased the property from its owner and then rented out living space, said Danielle Boudreaux, a former friend of the couple.Almena did not immediately respond to emails or calls to numbers associated with him. San Francisco TV station KGO tracked Almena down Sunday at a hotel in Oakland.
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