A fire at an outbuilding at Golf N’ Stuff in Ventura Tuesday night caused an employee at the popular mini golf spot to be treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said.
The fire broke out shortly before 10 p.m. in the 5500 block of Walker Street. Smoke and flames shot up from an 8-feet by 20-foot-outbuilding engulfing a wooden fence nearby.
The 10th hole known for its Western theme structures was on fire.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes and held to the building of origin. No other adjacent structures were damaged, according to fire officials.
Ventura City fire and police investigators say they are looking into this incident as an arson case. Golf N’ Stuff told KEYT NewsChannel 3 Reporter Senerey de los Santos that authorities are looking into reports of a disgruntled person being involved in the start of the fire.
“We had an incident with a person yesterday that claimed to have PTSD so we don’t know if that played into it. It could be disgruntled employees or customers,” said Golf N’ Stuff General Manager David Blaser. “One thing we run into in California is if they don’t get their way they find some other way to do something. We have people mind, but there is no verification on any of that as of right now.”
According to Blaser, two gas cans were found at the scene. Meanwhile, the popular mini golf park will remain open as usual. The investigation is ongoing.