On April 9, at 1:11pm, Ventura City Fire personnel responded to a reported garage fire in the 700 block of Alverstone Ave. The first arriving unit reported a fully involved garage extending into the attic above, unknown if occupants present. Due to a partial collapse of the ceiling inside the garage, attack crews were forced to delay their interior attack through the side access door, until the metal garage overhead door could be cut open by Support Company personnel using rotary saws.
A family dog was rescued by Fire personnel from the structure, and ultimately delivered unharmed to the residents who were located nearby. The entire contents of the garage, including a vehicle, were completely destroyed. While some smoke damage to the into the remainder of the structure could not be prevented, fire extension was successfully halted, thus saving the remainder of the occupant’s belongings. Thorough overhaul of the garage and attic was accomplished after removing debris and portions of the collapsed ceiling, ensuring that all smoldering and/or hidden fire was extinguished. The main portion of the residence remained tenable following completion of suppression operations, with the garage being yellow-tagged pending further evaluation. No civilian or Fire personnel injuries were reported at the time of this