Three-Alarm Fire In Oxnard Apartment Building

Wednesday November 20, 2019

     Updated--Three-dozen firefighters from three departments battled a three-alarm structure fire in Oxnard that is being considered intentionally set.

   Oxnard Fire Department Battalion Chief Sergio Martinez told KVTA News that it was reported around 5 AM Wednesday in the 1300 block of Althea Court in the same 7-unit apartment building that was severely damaged by a June fire and was set for demolition.

     It is one of several multi-unit buildings that make up the apartment complex that is run by the Oxnard Housing Authority and is located just east of Ventura Road and north of Gonzales Road in the residential area behind the Popeye's restaurant.

    The first responding firefighters could see smoke from a mile away and when they arrived on scene, they found that building well involved in flames.

    Martinez says that since that building was vacant and set for demolition the firefighters went into "defensive mode" which meant concentrating their efforts on protecting the occupied surrounding buildings while they battled the fire from the outside.

     Of particular concern, the flames were being pushed to the east by a strong wind off the ocean and that raised concern about it spreading to the surrounding structures.

    A family of two adults and four children living in the building nearest the fire building were displaced and the Housing Authority was going to find them another place to live for now.

   Meanwhile, fire investigators were told that transients had been living in the vacant apartment building and it is believed they started the fire, either intentionally or by accident with a warming fire.

   The fire was knocked down shortly after 6 AM, and the fire was controlled around 9:20 AM.

   No injuries were reported.