Crews work to shore up Ghost Ship warehouse, DA considers criminal charges

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley spoke publicly Monday for the first time about the deadly Ghost Ship fire. She admitted the investigation could result in possible murder or manslaughter charges.

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The power in the area near the warehouse has been turned off so crews working with a large craned are safe from the power lines. They're shoring up an unstable wall that's been slowing the recovery effort.

"The area that's primarily affected, are really steel beams with heat still contained in those beams," said Deputy Chief Darin White of the Oakland Fire Department.

So far, 36 people have been confirmed dead. Of those, 22 have been positively identified. Family notifications have gone beyond the United States to Finland, Korea and Guatemala.

"At this point we can't locate any more deceased victims," said Sheriff Greg Ahern. "But we are prepared to remove them if the fire department and ATF do locate them, but at this time we're not anticipating any large, huge numbers."

As for the District Attorney's office, investigators are looking at two things; Whether there's criminal liability associated with the warehouse fire, and if so, who will be charged.

Officials have interviewed several people already. The City of Oakland could also be held liable for not enforcing building and safety codes.

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"The range of charges could be murder," said D.A. Nancy O'Malley. "All the way to involuntary manslaughter and until we know what the evidence shows us, there may be other charges if the evidence presents that."

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