Two people suffered serious injuries in a vehicle fire early Sunday morning at a gas station in Oxnard, authorities said.
Oxnard fire and police responded around 1 a.m. to the 100 block of First Street for a blaze in a pick-up truck. The fire was quickly upgraded after reports of victims suffering burns.
An ambulance arrived first and began treating the victims, both men, according to Oxnard Battalion Chief Aaron Baker. Fire crews put out the fire and assisted with patient care, he said.
One person was in critical condition after suffering second- and third-degree burns to a large portion of his body, including his face, Baker said. The second person suffered burns to his forearms.
Both were initially transported by ambulance to local hospitals.
The patient with lighter burns was later taken to a burn center while the other patient was considered too unstable to transport, fire officials said.
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The cause of the fire has yet to be determined but police and fire are investigating.
Baker said they hope to obtain video from the gas station. Investigators also have the clothing of the worst harmed burn victim to check for chemicals that may have ignited the blaze.
"We really don't (know)," Baker said about how the fire started. "It's still under investigation."
The battalion chief also said a fire that causes burns to such a large percentage of the body is "not ordinary."
"It's being treated as a possible crime scene until proven otherwise," Baker said.
Fire engines remained at the gas station for about 90 minutes, and the fire investigator, who arrived at 12:50 a.m., departed shortly before 4:30 a.m., according to Oxnard fire.
This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Oxnard fire, police investigate vehicle fire seriously injuring two