Fire units were dispatched to a reported residential structure fire on February 1st 2022 at 4:21am.
Units arrived to find a growing fire inside an unoccupied residence. Fire crews made an aggressive attack on the fire and thankfully prevented spread to other nearby buildings. The detached secondary residential unit was boarded up and appeared to have been impacted by vagrancy and vandalism. No injuries were reported and no responsible party was identified.
The Ventura City Fire Department is committed to working with the City’s Safe & Clean Program and regional partners to address any ongoing life-safety and property threats posed by homeless encampments in Ventura. Fires can occur in the river bottom because of unsheltered individuals living in the area who use fire for warmth and cooking. These fires can grow quickly and produce a lot of smoke because of strong winds, dry brush, fuel, and tall grasses.
The City’s Safe and Clean program continues to work on long-term housing solutions and provides preventative resources for our most vulnerable populations. Safe & Clean works proactively with the Ventura Police Patrol Task Force, the Ventura City Fire Department, various social service providers, and community partners to clean up brush and debris in the riverbeds. City staff also visits these areas weekly to share education, health, and social services to unsheltered individuals, who legally, cannot be relocated from the river bottom to a safer location.
Due to HIPAA we are prevented from disclosing an individual’s protected health information (PHI). We may not release information regarding patient’s names, DOB, address, SS# or medical status. All photos are free from copyright and may reproduced as necessary.
Date Of Release: February 1, 2022
Fire Incident Number: 2-010039
Incident Commander: Battalion Chief Matt Brock
Incident Type: Residential structure fire
Date/Time of Incident: 2/01/2022, 04:21am
Incident Location: 200 blk of Thompson Ave. Ventura, CA 93003
Cause/Origin: Discarded smoking materials
Injuries Reported: None
Units Committed On-Scene: 8
Total Fire Personnel On-Scene: 19
Agencies Involved: Ventura City Fire, Ventura County Fire