Firefighters in Ventura battled two blazes Tuesday morning, one of which investigators believed was intentionally set.
Crews were called to a commercial retail complex in the 9200 block of Telephone Road (map) just after 2 a.m. and discovered an exterior sign engulfed in flames, the Ventura City Fire Department stated in a news release.
The flames extended to a building wall and triggered a fire sprinkler, which held the fire in check until firefighters arrived, according to the news release.
As crews doused the flames, which investigators said were purposely set, a second structure fire was reported at a building about five miles away in the 4600 block of Foothill Road (map), the Fire Department stated.
Crews arrived in about five minutes to find the garage full engulfed and flames spreading to the upper floor and roof of the structure, which was located at the top of a long driveway and proved to be challenging for firefighters, according to the news release.
The damage was contained mostly to the double garage, according to the Fire Department.
Several residents were forced to flee from the building but no injuries were reported in the incident.
Investigators determined the fire was caused by a faulty outlet in the garage.