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Coronado native among those killed in Oakland warehouse fire

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A 25-year-old Coronado man was among those killed in a massive three-alarm fire that broke out during a party at a converted warehouse in Oakland the night of Friday, December 2.

Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, was among the first victims to be identified Sunday. Gomez-Hall grew up in Coronado and one of his friends said he was one amazing man who even at a young age was impressive to say the least.

“It was like no no no, anyone but him. He's the best person and the least deserving of this,” said Maddie White.

White was a childhood friend and said he could do it all. He was athletic, smart, and a prodigy when it came to playing music. 

“Nick was one of those people who was genuinely good at everything,” continued White. “And made everything look so easy. But when you met him you wouldn't know it because he was so easy going and humble.”

As the death toll grows, authorities are asking families to preserve victim's DNA from things like hair brushes and toothbrushes to help identify bodies. Investigators say they'll be searching the rubble for days. 

"When we find a victim, we have to stop, we have to then conduct an investigation. Then we can move that victim out. Then we begin the search process again,” explained Sgt. Ray Kelly with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

For friends of Gomez-Hall, white said one of the sad parts is he had so much to offer this world. 

“I would say talent, brilliance, humility,” said said.

The Gray Area Foundation for the Arts has set up a fund for the families of the victims. CLICK HERE for more information. 


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