Ventura Firefighters battle blaze in duplex

here times; font-size: 16px;”>A family was relaxing in the living room after dinner Wednesday evening when two small children smelled smoke coming from a back room. The mother walked to the back of the house and was confronted by a wall of fire that had started in a converted garage to the rear of the duplex. Flames were quickly spreading through the three-bedroom home. The family gathered all ten members and poured out onto McFarlane Drive in the West End of Ventura.  Residents of the upper floor of the complex saw flames and smoke surrounding their unit from the fire below and escaped outside by way of an exterior staircase.

Firefighters found a chaotic scene– a very narrow street full of cars, smoke, and people everywhere. Fire was spreading from the rear of the downstairs complex quickly moving to the street side of the home. A total of eight engines and two truck companies for a total of 36 firefighters battled the blaze. The fire progressed through a converted garage area and winded its way down narrow halls and rooms. The duplex was a combination of an older craftsman style home with a two-story addition to the rear. Both units were constructed using a wood exterior. The fire traveled inside walls and through eves making full extinguishing of the the blaze a labor intensive process. The fire was knocked down in 43 minutes. The blaze was contained to the bottom unit and the upper unit suffered smoke damage and exterior flame impingement.

One of the occupants was complaining of smoke inhalation and was treated by firefighter-paramedics and Gold Coast Ambulance on scene. The patient  did not have to be taken to the hospital.  

The cause of the blaze is currently being investigated by a Ventura City Fire Investigator.

The Red Cross was contacted and provided shelter for the family of ten in the bottom unit and a family of three in the top unit. The family had two small dogs and one dog was found and the other could not be located. If you have any information on a found Jack Russell Terrier in the Ventura Avenue area, please contact the Ventura City Fire Department (805) 339-4300. 


Source: Ventura Fire Department

Source: Ventura Fire Department

Source: Ventura Fire Department


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