Pres. Obama offers the nation's "unwavering support" for victims of Oakland fire

- President Obama on Monday mourned the victims of the Oakland warehouse fire and offered his condolences to the city.

"While we still don't know the full toll of this disaster, we do know that an American community has been devastated, and many people... have tragically lost their lives." the President said in a statement.

Mr. Obama called Oakland "one of the most diverse and creative cities in our country."

And he promised that the federal government would offer local officials any assistance they need saying, "My Administration is in close contact with our state and local partners on the ground."

He also expressed gratitude to the first responders for their tireless work and had a message for the survivors: "... as families and residents pull together in the wake of this awful tragedy, they will have the unwavering support of the American people," the president said.

The death toll now stands at 36, and that figure is expected to continue to rise, in what is being described as one of the deadliest fires in California's history. 

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