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City of Ventura - Fire Department
Saturday January 8th, 2011 :: 10:35 a.m. PST


Residential Structure Fire - Santa Cruz Incident 1/8/2011

Date: January 8, 2011
Incident Number: 11-0001338
Information Contact: Donald Bartosh, Battalion Chief

Incident Type: Residential structure fire
Date/Time of Incident: January 8, 2011 / 0515 hours
Incident Location: 200 Block of So. Santa Cruz, Ventura
Cause: Electrical circuit overload
Injuries: One civilian injury
Fire Equipment: 3 paramedic engine companies, 1 truck company, 2 police units (traffic control), 1 ambulance, and 3 command & support units

Agencies Involved: Ventura City Fire, Ventura Police, Ventura County Fire, American Medical Response, American Red Cross, So. Cal. Gas & Edison

Damage Estimate: Structure: $5,000
Contents: $5,000

Working smoke detectors: None

Narrative: Ventura and regional fire units were dispatched to an early morning fire, which was determined to be confined to one unit of a residential duplex located in mid-town Ventura. The first arriving fire unit (ME2) reported heavy smoke coming from the front door of one of the two units. ME2 confirmed that all occupants were out of the structure, and then began to attack the fire with hoselines. The fire was knocked-down in less than 5-minutes. The actual fire was confined to one bedroom of the approximately 1,000 square foot unit, however smoke damage occurred throughout the residence. One of the occupants of the fire unit sustained a minor laceration from broken window glass when he attempted to extinguish the fire with a garden hose stream though a broken-out bedroom window. The single injury victim refused medical treatment or transportation for hospital treatment at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical circuit overload; too many electrical appliances utilized in the room of the fire’s origin, drawing power from a single household circuit, which overloaded the electrical circuit. The overloaded circuit caused enough heat to ignite combustible material in the bedroom.

The American Red Cross assisted in finding temporary housing for those residents displaced by the incident.

Fire units were on scene for extinguishment, cause investigation and overhaul a total of two- hours.

City of Ventura - Fire Department
1425 Dowell Dr
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1

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