Watch: Mother of Missing Oakland Warehouse Attendee Alex Ghassan Restlessly Awaits Update

Watch: Mother of Missing Oakland Warehouse Attendee Alex Ghassan Restlessly Awaits Update

Here's what we know about the identified victims of the horrific fire.

Published December 5, 2016

The mother of Alex Ghassan, an artist from New Jersey who is among the missing after the deadly warehouse fire in Oakland, California, shared her emotional frustration with ABC 7.

Emilie Grandchamps said her son Alex was a producer-director who attended the 'Ghost Ship Warehouse' party Friday night in Oakland with his fiancée, Hannah.

Since the fire occurred, Emilie has not heard from Alex or any officials in California identifying her son.

"I've prepared myself for the worst and I pray for the best," Emilie told Eyewitness News. "It's excruciating. Everybody is calling, asking, wondering.”

Alex and Hannah, who met while he worked on a project in Europe, were inside the Oakland warehouse when the fatal fire began.

A friend who was with the couple told Emilie that it was too dark for him to see or help anyone get out. He explained to her that he had to put his hands on the wall and feel his way out for an exit.

Alex has twin 4-year-old girls who live with their mother in Hoboken.

  1. On the evening of fire, Alex Ghassan posted a possible video from the warehouse.

    Oakland reminds me of #JerseyCity so much at times. . #Oakland #California #TheBayArea #TheTown #TownBiz #LoftLife

    A video posted by AlexG_Director (@alexg_director) on

    So far, 7 other victims have been identified:

  2. Cash Askew, 22

    Askew was a musician and guitarist for the band Them Are Us Too.

  3. David Cline, 24

    Cline graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied cognitive science and computer science. 

  4. Nick Gomez-Hall, 25

    Gomez-Hall was an administrative assistant at Counterpoint Press, a publishing house located in West Berkeley.

  5. Sara Hoda, 30

    Hoda was a teacher at a Montessori school.

  6. Travis Hough, 35

    Hough was a member of the electronic band Ghost of Lightning.

  7. Donna Kellogg, 32

    Kellogg worked at Highwire Coffee Roasters in Berkeley.

  8. Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32

    Wittenauer was a singer with the band Symbiotix.Fungi. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


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