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    A Fire, An Oaknoll Condos Thank You

    by Naomi Fisher

    At about 6pm on Saturday, March 12th, they first heard several pop, pop, pops that they thought were gun shots until fire engines came down one of the main streets. Sirens kept screaming as more trucks roared into the complex. The noise was deafening as the street was filled with seven fire trucks including hook-&-ladder trucks, fire-chief SUV’s and an ambulance. It turned out the pops were apparently tires exploding.

    The fire had begun in a car port, spread to an adjoining carport. One person said it sounded like a car exploded then two others exploded. Perhaps that’s what sent fire across the street to two more carports?

    Those last two car ports back up to tall oaks that shade a two story condo building. 

    Firemen and hoses were everywhere and Firemen had to be worried about more cars exploding because those car ports hold either four or five cars each. 

    Of course it was dark with just the lights off the trucks but residents gamely tried to take pictures. 

    My friend said when a man near her whistled loudly two firemen turned and he pointed to another car port where its roof was smoking. Firemen quickly knocked down that fire.

    No one was injured. It was reported 13 cars were destroyed. At this time it’s not known how many others were damaged.

    Also I was told the first fire truck and crew were there in less than 5 minutes after the call – that if the firemen had not been so effective that fire could have been so much worse.

    The residents of Oaknoll Condominiums want to sincerely thank you, the Ventura County Fire Department Engine Companies and firemen who responded to the car port fires that night. But for your fast work and attention to detail that fire could have been so much worse.

    They said they deeply respect and appreciate all your efforts and all that you do. 

    Photo Credit: Naomi Fisher

    Naomi Fisher is a resident of Ventura County

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