OAKLAND (CBS SF) – President Barack Obama issued a statement on Monday expressing condolences following Friday night’s fire at an Oakland warehouse that has killed at least 36 people.

“While we still don’t know the full toll of this disaster, we do know that an American community has been devastated, and many people – including young men and women with their whole futures ahead of them – have tragically lost their lives,” Mr. Obama said.

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The president also thanked first responders who have “who have been working tirelessly for days” recovering victims and treating the wounded.

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The Obama administration said they are in close contact with state and local officials to ensure they have everything they need to respond and investigate the fire, which took place during a concert.

“Oakland is one of the most diverse and creative cities in our country, and as families and residents pull together in the wake of this awful tragedy, they will have the unwavering support of the American people,” Obama said.

As of Monday morning 36 people have been confirmed dead, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, with the death toll expected to rise. Eleven victims have been identified.

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A search for victims inside the warehouse, known as the Ghost Ship, has been suspended after officials concluded the building is unstable.