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    Two Visions of America by Don Jans

    Commercial Structure Fire

    On the above date and time Ventura City Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at Balboa Middle School. The First arriving engine company discovered a classroom at the rear of the school heavily involved in fire. Firefighters protected adjoining classrooms while suppressing the main body of the fire. The fire was held to the classroom of origin with two additional classrooms suffering heavy smoke damage. The fire was completely extinguished 40 minutes after the initial 911 call was made.

    The cause of the fire is suspicious in nature and remains under investigation by Ventura City Fire. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

    Incident Number: 21-0061546

    Information Contact: Tony Hill, Battalion Chief

    Incident Type: Commercial Structure Fire

    Date/Time of Incident: July 22 / 02:39

    Incident Location: Mound Elementary School

    Cause: Under Investigation

    Injuries: None

    Number of Personnel: 32

    Fire Equipment: 6 Engine Companies, 2 Support, 1 Command, 1 Fire Investigator

    Agencies Involved: Ventura City Fire Department, Ventura County Fire, Oxnard Fire Department, Ventura Police Department


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    C E Voigtsberger
    C E Voigtsberger
    2 years ago

    Was it Mound School or Balboa JHS? Or was it both and do we have a firebug running around loose in the east end?

    C E Voigtsberger
    C E Voigtsberger
    2 years ago

    Well, despite having my posting reviewed and approved, I don’t see a correction to the article. There was a major response to the fire. Thirty-two personnel and four agencies, six fire companies together with four administrative personnel.

    So the question remains: Was it Balboa Junior High School, Mound Primary School or both? In my view, there is a huge difference between a fire at one site and a fire in two sites close together in time.

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