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Funerals held for Oakland warehouse blaze victims

Funeral services have been held for two victims of a fatal warehouse fire that broke out during a dance party in California, killing 36 people..

Separate funerals were held in the San Francisco Bay Area for video artist Jonathan Bernbaum and the youngest victim, 17-year-old Draven McGill, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Relatives and loved ones described Bernbaum, a 34-year-old Berkeley native and Oakland resident, as a smart man who loved all things media, had a penchant for arguing and was a loyal friend and son who kept in touch, the newspaper said.

Services were also held for McGill, the youngest person to die in the blaze in Oakland.

The private services, held at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hayward, included a performance by the Pacific Boychoir Academy, to which McGill belonged, the Chronicle reported.

His father is Alameda County sheriff's Deputy Phil McGill

Meanwhile, investigators with the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have completed their work at the scene of the blaze.

ATF spokeswoman Alexandria Corneiro said the agency's team has left the site but that the scene is still being secured.

The deadliest building fire in the US in more than a decade ripped through the warehouse on the night of December 2.

Ms Corneiro said in a statement that ATF special agent Jill Snyder, who leads the bureau's San Francisco field division, and representatives from partner agencies will hold a news conference on Tuesday to talk about the investigation.

Ms Snyder said on Friday that investigators had ruled out a refrigerator as the source of the fire, but they were still looking at electrical systems as potential causes.



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