PHOTOS: 36 victims of Oakland warehouse fire identified
The street has been shut down for more than a week since this tragic fire. On Sunday, Oakland police began removing traffic barriers to re-open this block.
Oakland Police are moving barriers to begin reopening 31st St. in front of "The Ghost Ship" pic.twitter.com/llar1ZiYQX— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) December 12, 2016
There was a sizable group of onlookers as officers started moving those barriers. They asked the crowd to help them move the flowers, candles and other items that had collected in front of the warehouse.
Federal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agents left the warehouse after they finished up their work Sunday.
The Ghost Ship building has been encircled by a temporary fence, so it's off limits. It has also been red tagged to warn people that it's structurally unsafe.
The parents of one of the victims actually helped moved some of the flowers when the traffic barriers were removed. They live in Washington state and wanted to see this place before returning home. "We've discovered a whole community of people that loved Joey and he loved. A community we didn't even know existed until now," Joey's Kathe Matlock said.
Derik Ion Almena, the primary tenant of the building was also there. He was with a group of people who went into the Ghost Ship before police opened up the street.
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