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Firefighters clear an entry to a smoldering building after a fire tore through a warehouse party early Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 in Oakland. Oakland fire chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said many people were unaccounted for as of Saturday morning and authorities were working to verify who was in the cluttered warehouse when the fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Friday. (AP Photo/Josh Edelson)

Oakland sports teams are donating thousands of dollars after the deadly fire


Oakland sports teams are chipping in to help victims of the fire at a converted Oakland warehouse that killed at least nine people and perhaps as many as 40.

The Golden State Warriors, based in Oakland, have also pledged $50,000 to the Unity Council, a local nonprofit that assists community members.

The NFL's Oakland Raiders pledged to match up to $30,000 from a YouCaring page set up by the Oakland A's baseball team, Fox News reports.

The A's touted fans' "overwhelming generosity."

As of 9:00 a.m Sunday, a YouCaring crowdfunding page for fire victims has raised more than $40,000.

The fire broke out late Friday night, with at least 50 people inside. By Saturday, the converted warehouse, known as the Oakland Ghost Ship, was rubble. The building was a residential and studio space for local artists, according to the Los Angeles Times. It was hosting a concert called the Golden Donna 100% Silk 2016 West Coast Tour. The venue had hosted "low key" events before, locals said.

The San Francisco Giants said the team would support the A's effort.

A federal official said a refrigerator is among the possible sources of the Oakland fire

WATCH | One survivor of the fire described his harrowing escape on CNN.

A federal official said a refrigerator is among the possible sources of the Oakland fire

WATCH | Here's a look at the blaze. Former residents told the LA Times the warehouse was a "death trap" with no sprinklers and had rooms crammed with flammable wooden instruments and furniture.

Dozens of concert attendees are still missing.

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