Deaths by firestorm descending
stairwells made of pallet stacked wood
the venue was an unsafe building
going roofward was no good.
Conflagrationed death unyielding
getting out fast to beat the flames
flight and fear watch close walls melting
bodies as ashes have no names.
Nine dead several dozen missing
they chose to follow the crowd
an exitless inferno about them hissing
melting life screams terror loud.
While celebrants listen to electronic song
thick fire smells like burning oak
the orange element's embrace is strong
wrapping the party inside its cloak.
Hellish arson, rebellious wires,
or careless smokers, some senseless reason
unimaginable horror death by fire
enshrouded during Christmas season.
Stella L. Crews
On December 3, 2016, early morning, a fire swept a party venue in Oakland, California. (510) 332-4092 was painted on the front of the building.