U.S. House of Representatives Observes Moment of Silence for Victims of the Oakland Fire

WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, December 8th, the U.S. House of Representatives observed a moment of silence for the victims of the tragic Oakland warehouse fire. Prior to the moment of silence, Congresswoman Lee delivered remarks honoring the victims of the Oakland fire.

“Last weekend, my home city of Oakland, California suffered a horrific tragedy. A devastating fire at an artists’ collective warehouse in the Fruitvale neighborhood in Oakland killed 36 young, talented individuals. These were young men and women who had their whole future ahead of them. Their lives were tragically cut short. We want to extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the victims’ families and their loved ones during this anguishing time. We are in mourning for these young people,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “But know that Oakland residents are resilient, compassionate and caring. We will continue to support all our residents during this difficult time and with any recovery efforts.”