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Firefighters Quell Structure Fire in Santa Barbara

Two-alarm blaze broke out in vacant building at former Montecito Motors

Firefighters check for flames in the attic of a building at 530 Chapala Street in Santa Barbara Thursday. The two-alarm blaze broke out shortly after noon in a vacant building at the former Montecito Motors.

Firefighters check for flames in the attic of a building at 530 Chapala Street in Santa Barbara Thursday. The two-alarm blaze broke out shortly after noon in a vacant building at the former Montecito Motors.  (Lara Cooper / Noozhawk photo)

By Lara Cooper, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @laraanncooper | updated logo 1:03 p.m. |

Fire crews have controlled a fire that broke out Thursday afternoon in a vacant commercial building in downtown Santa Barbara.

The two-alarm blaze was reported shortly after noon at 530 Chapala Street, which formerly housed Montecito Motors, according to Acting Fire Chief Pat McElroy of the Santa Barbara Fire Department.

Flames were shooting through the roof of the building when firefighters arrived on scene, McElroy said.

They made an “aggressive interior attack” on the blaze, and were able to contain the flames to the existing building, McElroy said.

The fire was controlled within about 20 minutes, but crews remained on scene doing mop-up and ventilating the building.

Several streets were closed in the area, although some were later reopened.

Cause of the fire remained under investigation, McElroy said.

No injuries were reported.

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