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Downtown Ojai Rocked By Explosion

By Lenny Roberts

A power outage caused by a blown transformer Friday afternoon inconvenienced shop keepers and residents, but the situation could have been a lot worse. Capt. Ron Oatman, public information officer for the Ventura County Fire Department, said the call originally came out as a structure fire when smoke was reported at the Ojai Library, 111 E. Ojai Ave. When firefighters from Station 21 arrived, they reported seeing a large head of smoke coming from the pole and downed wires, but no structures were involved. Station 21 Capt. Dale Cundiff was able to cancel the response of other engine companies after 14-year-old Connor DiStasio, 15-year-old Dakota Crawford, 12-year-old Harley Harris and 9-year-old Cade Crawford had extinguished some flames at Libbey Park that were spotted at the time of the explosions. The boys were riding their bikes along the Ojai Valley Trail when they saw the flames and grabbed garden hoses to put the fire out. The fire, onlookers said,

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