Local man killed in deadly Oakland warehouse fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (NEWS10) – The names of those who lost their lives in that massive warehouse fire in Oakland continue to be released.

The family of Ben Runnels, 32, who also went by the stage name of Charlie Prowler, lives in Mariaville. His mother says that Runnels was identified as one of the people who died in Friday’s warehouse fire.

Runnels is being remembered across social media for his musical talent, most recently singing and playing guitar in his band Introflirt.

His Facebook Page, which is under his stage name Charlie Prowler has been changed to a memorial page.

The comments once pleading for him to check in safe after the fire have been replaced with friends and family posting their memories of Runnels.

His mother posted this message to her son’s Facebook Page saying, “he was the brightest shining star and we carry you in our hearts.”

Runnels also has ties to the Capital Region through the radio station WEQX. The station posting on Facebook that he is a former host of the segment Jam n Toast.


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