Ventura FD put out Series of Arson Fires

On January 31st at 1:46 AM,  Ventura City firefighters responded to a report of a boat fire in the Ventura Harbor. Upon arrival responding crews found a 50 foot commercial fishing boat 6 feet off the ground in dry-dock fully involved in. Fire suppression efforts initially concentrated on protecting an adjacent building and boat from the flames.  Firefighters were able to suppress the bulk of the flames on the burning boat within 20 minutes of arrival. The boat, however, was a complete loss.  

Three additional small fires were discovered in the same boat yard at varying intervals throughout the firefighting operations: A fire involving a propane tank of a fork lift, a debris fire in a workshop area and a smoldering rag on the stern of another boat in dry-dock.  A search of all the remaining boats and equipment was conducted by firefighters but no additional fires were discovered. An additional fire involving a vehicle occurred in the 1300 block of Spinnaker Drive just prior to the aforementioned fires. All the fires are suspicious in nature and are suspected to be connected.

No firefighters were injured as a result of these incidents.  The cause of the fires remains under investigation by both Ventura Police and Fire Arson investigators.

Photo Credits: Ventura Fire Department


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