OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Roughly 80 percent of the Oakland warehouse, known as the 'Ghost Ship' has been processed by firefighters and investigators going through the painstaking process of searching for remaining bodies after Friday's 3-alarm fire that claimed 36 lives so far.
Sgt. Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department's agency had the grim task of removing bodies from the building.
He's also talked to the victims' loved ones and family members.
"Obviously one of our deputies has lost a child that has affected us very closely. And then in dealing with the families, that has affected us very personally. We've had a lot of intimate conversations about the last moments they have contacted their child or their loved ones. That's stomaching we'll tale with us for a long time. Kids were texting their parents and telling their loved ones that they were going to die," said Kelly.
Some of those who were trapped inside tried to break free through glass windows but were unable to because of metal security screens that act as grates.
"Ultimately they got trapped in there. At this point we can only speculate those screens prevented that," said Kelly.
Sgt. Kelly said at around 5:20 p.m. that they had about 25 percent of the building left to search.