Cash Askew of Bay Area synth goth/pop band Them Are Us Too has been identified among the victims of the deadly warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif, which has taken at least 33 people lives.
“We will never be the same. Completely devastated by the loss of Cash Askew,” reads a statement posted by independent label Dais Records. “She was one of the most talented and loving people we’ve ever known. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts, along with all those lost in the Oakland tragedy.”
Dais Records released Them Are Us Too’s debut album Remain in 2015 when core members Askew and Kennedy Ashlyn were just 21. After the first run of vinyl sold out, Dais re-pressed Remain in May of 2016.
The fire gutted a converted warehouse located in the 1300 block of 31st Avenue and known as the “Ghost Ship,” a site which has been described as a maze-like warren of artist studios. Recording artist Joey Casio also died in the fire, which broke out during a dance-music party inside the two-level building last Friday night (Dec. 2).
Officials on Sunday raised the death toll to 33, as the Oakland major Mayor Libby Schaaf said she had “activated the criminal investigation team” following one of the deadliest structure fires in the United States in the last decade. A relief fund for victims of the tragic event has raised more than $100,000.