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Dozens displaced by alleged arson fire

A fire at the Leewood hotel in Ventura has displaced an estimated 40 people. Juan Turner a resident of the hotel has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

The fire was first reported at 8:47 Tuesday night on the 700 block of East Santa Clara Street. When Ventura City firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke and fire showing from the windows of a second story corner apartment.

Several engine companies worked aggressively to put out the fire within ten minutes.

Everyone inside the building was able to successfully evacuate. Two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries and smoke inhalation according to the Ventura City Fire Department.

While the cause of the fire is under investigation, a man was arrested that night on suspicion of arson. Ventura Police Department Detective Sergeant Matt Cain says Turner started the fire in his room. Turner was arrested the night of the fire at the complex after evidence linked him to it. Turner is currently being held on $100,000 bail at the Ventura County Jail for the arson charge.

The Leewood hotel is a 50-unit affordable housing complex. The 40 residents who were displaced are receiving emergency shelter and assistance by Red Cross.

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