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Westport Family Confirms Staples High Grad Died In Oakland Warehouse Fire

A Staples High graduate died in a massive fire over the weekend in Oakland, Calif.
A Staples High graduate died in a massive fire over the weekend in Oakland, Calif. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Updated: WESTPORT, Conn. — A Westport man has confirmed that his 29-year-old child died in a massive warehouse fire over the weekend in Oakland, Calif., according to the Connecticut Post.

Riley Fritz, a 29-year-old musician who also used the name Feral Pines and was a member of the Class of 2005 from Staples High School, was among the at least 36 people lost in the deadly blaze, according to the Post.

Bruce Fritz of Newtown Turnpike said his child lived in the Bay Area and was attending an electronic music show at the warehouse when the blaze broke out Friday night, the Post said.

The investigation into the fire and recovery of the bodies from the illegally converted warehouse had stopped temporarily because the structure was so heavily damaged and in danger of collapse after the deadly fire, according to NBC Connecticut. About half of the building has been searched, and officials believe the death will rise, according to NBC.

Click here to read the story at the Connecticut Post. Click here to read the story at NBC Connecticut.

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