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Oxnard Medical Building Fire Leaves Dozens of People Without a Job

By Kelsey Gerckens, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, kelsey.gerckens@keyt.com
Published On: Apr 14 2014 08:38:08 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 14 2014 08:55:19 PM CDT

Oxnard Medical Building Fire Leaves Dozens of People Without a Job

OXNARD, Calif. -

A massive fire at a medical building in Oxnard has left dozens of people without a job.  

Even though their offices were destroyed on Monday morning, dozens of doctors and their employees showed up to work, but not to work on patients instead to get dirty salvaging what they could from their burnt out offices.

"Were all facing no jobs for now and then as it is, it's hard to get jobs," said Elizabeth Verduzco, who use to work in the building.

The medical office building on Gonzales and Lantana in Oxnard went up in flames on Sunday morning.

More than 60 firefighters worked to put out the blaze.  Oxnard Fire Department Battalion chief Darwin Base says the damage to the building is extensive with the first floor becoming unusable, and the second floor being completely destroyed.  Thankfully no one was inside the building at the time.

"It's hard because obviously I am use to so many memories here, obviously we love the patients.  Thank God we were not working that's the most important I'll say," said Vianey Ceja, who worked in the office building.

There were 15 offices in the building. They are all closed now.  Tenants are only able to access the offices on the first floor due to safety reasons.

Fire investigators are still looking into what started the fire, but they say it is not suspicious.  "It is not arson from all indications, and from talking to the investigators it looks like it was accidental in nature," said Base.

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