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May 1, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS
A house fire that killed a 62-year-old Ventura woman Monday night started when the woman apparently ignited an armchair while smoking cigarettes, a fire investigator said Friday. Barbara Seymour, who was found lying on the floor near her front door with burns over her entire body, was unable to escape the blaze because she apparently could not find the key to the double-key deadbolt on her front door, Ventura City Fire Capt. Michael Maher said.
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April 26, 1993 | JEFF McDONALD
An electrical fire in a Ventura cafe Sunday caused $1,000 damage and surprised breakfast customers, the restaurant owner and fire officials said. A water line in a swamp cooler on the roof of the Hill Street Cafe, 1050 S. Hill Road, broke about 9:20 a.m., causing the unit's fan motor to short out and ignite a small blaze, investigators said. The owner of the cafe said the distraction of firemen in and around the restaurant was more of a spectacle than the fire itself.
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April 13, 1993 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
An intense fire extensively damaged a north Oxnard home Monday, leaving 10 residents homeless and sending one to the hospital with smoke inhalation, authorities said. The fire erupted in the garage of a single-family house in the 1000 block of Ivywood Drive about 2:30 p.m., and the home was fully involved when firefighters arrived, said Battalion Chief Murray Glidden of the Oxnard Fire Department. "The fire had a good head start on us," Glidden said.
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March 24, 1993 | JANE HULSE
Heat from a cutting torch caused a small fire on the Ventura Pier, which is undergoing renovation, Ventura fire officials said Tuesday. The fire erupted Monday in a piling under the pier, causing about $1,000 worth of damage, authorities said. The fire was reported about 7:45 p.m. and was extinguished by about 9:15 p.m. The piling had been worked on earlier in the day, fire officials said. It was located about 250 yards from shore.
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December 2, 1992 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Moorpark College student pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Ventura County Municipal Court to a charge of arson in a September fire that destroyed a Thousand Oaks comic-book store, a blaze his lawyer blamed on the store's owner. Christopher Nagano, 20, of Thousand Oaks denied a charge of arson in the Sept. 18 fire that gutted the Heroes and Legends comic-book store, owned by Myron Cohen-Ross of Agoura Hills. The fire also damaged two neighboring shops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1992 | GARY GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A suspect charged with the arson of a Thousand Oaks comic-book store told a sheriff's informant that he expected to be paid for setting the fire after the shop's owner collected insurance money, according to a search warrant made public Friday. The informant also quoted arson suspect Christopher Nagano, 20, as saying that store owner Myron Cohen-Ross removed a carload of his most valuable comic books from his Heroes and Legends store before it was gutted by fire Sept.
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November 13, 1992 | JANE HULSE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Wrestling with a yard full of tumbleweeds was not how Debby Seidler and her family wanted to spend their weekend, but they had little choice. The Camarillo family was among 715 property owners in Ventura County who received notices last month from county fire officials to get rid of the weeds.
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September 23, 1992 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Organizers of a rally to benefit the victims of an arson fire in Thousand Oaks scrambled Tuesday to find a new location after they were told not to hold it in front of the burned-out business. "It's just a shame," said Randy Senzig, a Thousand Oaks volunteer for Shalom International, which is organizing the rally to be held Sunday, the first day of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. "We'll just have to find a new site for the rally."
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September 19, 1992 | GEOFF FEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what authorities say is the latest in a series of hate crimes, a Thousand Oaks comic book store was set ablaze Friday morning and the building was desecrated with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti. The blaze, which caused nearly $300,000 in damage to the Heroes and Legends comic book store and three adjoining businesses, began at 12:40 a.m. "This is a tragedy of the first order," said Rabbi Alan Greenbaum of Temple Adat Elohim, where three arson fires were set in 1991.
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March 26, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man who apparently had fought with his ex-girlfriend was arrested in a weekend fire that killed a 2-year-old girl and injured three other people at her apartment complex, police said. Calvin Michael Mitchell, 44, of Ventura was booked for investigation of murder and arson, Lt. Brad Talbot said. "We believe that Calvin Mitchell started this fire because he was having difficulty accepting the breakup of his relationship with Mary Ann Butler," Talbot said.
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