Structure Fire at 700 Block of E. Santa Clara St
updated: Jan 04, 2017, 8:18 AM
Source: Ventura City Fire Department
Date: January 3rd, 2017
Incident Number: 17-0000817
Incident Commander: Kris McDonald, Battalion Chief
Incident Type: Structure Fire – Reported Persons Trapped
Date/Time of Incident: January 3rd, 2017, 20:47 hours
Incident Location: 700 block of E. Santa Clara St, Ventura
Cause: Under investigation
Injuries: 2 civilians with minor injuries
Units Committed: 6 Engine Companies, 2 Truck Companies, 1 Light & Air Unit, 3 Chief Officers,
1 Fire Investigator, 1 Senior Fire Inspector, 1 Building & Safety Official, 2 Ambulances, 1 EMS Supervisor
Total Fire Personnel: 32
Agencies Involved: Ventura City Fire Dept, Ventura County Fire Dept, Oxnard Fire Dept, Ventura Police Dept, Edison, Gas Company, Red Cross, American Medical Response
Narrative: Ventura City Fire personnel and units responded to multiple reports of a structure fire in an apartment building, with reports of at least one person trapped. The first arriving units found heavy smoke and fire showing from the windows of a second story corner apartment at the rear of a 50-unit center-hallway residential hotel. Crews established a water supply and initiated a rapid and coordinated fire attack, while also evacuating the building of its occupants. The fire was knocked down within approximately 8 minutes of the first arriving unit at the scene, no trapped victims were encountered. All occupants were successful in self-evacuating from the building, two were treated and released at the scene for smoke inhalation and/or minor injuries. The building was red-tagged due to a combination of fire/smoke damage and inoperable utilities. Approximately 40 residents were assisted at the scene by Red Cross, and then relocated to a nearby emergency shelter. The cause and origin remains under investigation, however one suspect was taken into custody at the scene by VPD. No other injuries were reported at the time of this report.
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