Among the dead recovered from the charred shell of an Oakland live-work space now recorded as the scene of the deadliest fire in Oakland history was a Walnut Creek woman who loved to garden and who made her living as a teacher at a local Montessori school.
Sara Hoda’s name emerged on the initial list of identified dead released as friends and family came to grips with the breadth of the tragedy at 1305 31st Avenue – a sprawling warehouse known to its artist residents as The Ghost Ship and where at least 36 people are now believed to have lost their lives in a fast-moving fire Friday night.
Investigators have not yet said what caused the blaze.
Hoda, 30, had gone to the warehouse to dance at an organized second-floor party Friday night. Friends say her truck was still parked outside the charred, collapsed shell of the building Saturday and the reality of her loss began to sink in over the weekend.
Investigators continue to comb through the scene in search of additional victims.