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20+ firefighters called for Oxnard house fire

April 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two people were transported to the hospital and seven firefighters narrowly escaped injury after a second alarm house fire in Oxnard Thursday.Oxnard firefighters responded to the call of a residential structure fire in the 3200 block of Nevada Avenue just before 1:30 p.m. Firefighters saw heavy smoke while en route to the home and a second alarm was called, asking for additional resources, even before they arrived on scene.

A total of 22 firefighters, representing five engines, a truck company, a rescue unit and a Battalion Chief responded, along with Oxnard Police and Gold Coast Ambulance personnel.

Two adults and a number of pets were in the single family, single story residence when the fire broke out. A neighbor reportedly assisted an elderly woman from the residence. Both people in the house were transported to St. John's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Seven Oxnard firefighters narrowly escaped injury when part of the roof collapsed while they were battling the blaze and searching for other occupants. Three firefighters were able to get off of the roof just as it gave way. Four others who were inside the structure were alert to the danger and able to avoid the falling debris.

It took 15 minutes to knock down the flames. Oxnard Fire Investigators are on scene, working to determine the cause. Damage estimates are not yet available.

Four people have been displaced as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross has been contacted with a request to assist the residents.

Oxnard firefighters remained on scene for more than three hours, ensuring the fire hadn't spread any further, removing debris from the building, and assisting the residents.

There was no immediate indication that a smoke detector was activated.