Report and photo by Logan Hall
An Ojai family escaped tragedy earlier today after Ventura County Fire Department firefighters knocked down a garage fire that threatened the family’s home on the 100 block of West Aliso Street. Fire crews were quickly able to douse the flames, however, and although the garage appeared to be extensively damaged, the main house remained unscathed.
According to officials, a fire engine from Ojai Fire Station 21 was passing by shortly after the blaze started. After seeing thick, black smoke coming from a residential area, firefighters from 21 managed to get to the fire just minutes after it began.
“We got the call at 5:21 p.m.,” said VCFD spokesman Capt. Bill Nash. “The fire was knocked down very quickly by about 5:27 p.m.”
No injuries were reported but some of the family’s belongings, including important business documents, may have been lost. “We have everything on our computer,” said Tammy Bernardi. “We’ll be fine.”