Three from campus community confirmed as fire victims

David Cline, Jennifer Morris

David Cline (left), who graduated from UC Berkeley last year in cognitive science and computer science, and Jennifer Morris, a junior in media studies, have been confirmed as victims of the Oakland Ghost Ship fire. (Facebook photos)

Friday’s horrific fire at an Oakland warehouse claimed dozens of lives, including three members of the UC Berkeley community, authorities reported Tuesday morning.

They are:

Jennifer Morris, a 20-year-old junior and Foster City resident who was majoring in media studies. Previously, she studied at UC Santa Cruz.

David Cline, 24, of Oakland, who graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2015 with degrees in computer science and cognitive science.

Chelsea Dolan

Chelsea Dolan, who was a volunteer DJ at KALX (Photo by M.C. Horng)

Chelsea Dolan, 33, who was a volunteer at the KALX campus radio station, which is licensed to UC Berkeley. On air, Dolan used the moniker Cherushii.

The campus is offering its thoughts and prayers to those who lost their lives in the fire, and to others in the UC Berkeley community who remain missing in the disaster’s aftermath.

On Sunday, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks sent this message to the community:

Dear Campus Community,

It is with profound concern and regret that I write to inform you that members of the Berkeley campus community are among those who remain missing in the wake of the devastating fire that consumed an event space in Oakland late Friday night. The most recent reports indicate that at least 30 lives were lost, with more hospitalized or still missing.

We are working diligently with fire and police officials to get updated information, but for now our hearts, condolences, and prayers go out to the families and friends of the deceased, as well as those who must deal with unbearable uncertainty as they wait to hear about all who remain unaccounted for.

We realize how difficult this is for those who knew the people whose passing has already been confirmed, as well as those who anxiously wait for news of their friends and loved ones. We are working together as a community to help process this tragic loss. In addition, we want to remind those on campus that if they feel a need in the days and weeks ahead, counseling services are available at University Health Services. Visit to learn more.

We fervently hope that those who were injured will recover quickly and fully. We also stand together, in solidarity and support, with all in our neighboring communities who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy. We will keep the campus community updated as we receive and confirm new information.


Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks