A large fire at a hotel under construction in Camarillo forces the closure of the 101 Freeway

Firefighters must wait for conditions to be safe before they can fight a fire.

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Ventura County firefighters responded to a hotel fire that was under construction in Camarillo, after the building caught fire Tuesday night.

The fire started around 7:30 p.m. at the construction site of a four-story hotel near the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Las Posas Road.

Images of the fire shared by the Ventura County Fire Department showed that the building was completely on fire as firefighters used ladder trucks to pour water on the flames from above.

Smoke from the fire was visible throughout the city of Camarillo and was heading toward the 101 Freeway, affecting visibility on the freeway.

The California Highway Patrol temporarily closed traffic on the highway in both directions. after power lines were reported down near the highway.

The highway was closed for several minutes as crews worked to clear power lines, according to the CHP’s online incident log.

Firefighters were expected to be on the scene for several hours Tuesday night, though they have made progress in bringing the fire under control.

Six fire trucks and six ladder trucks from around the county are on scene.