Tuesday, June 19 , 2018, 6:09 pm | Fair 66º


Local News

Blaze Causes $150,000 in Damage to Santa Maria Business

A fire that broke out Monday night at Cal State Auto Glass in Santa Maria caused approximately $150,000 in damage, according to the Santa Maria Fire Department.

Firefighters responded at about 5:20 p.m. to the report of a structure fire at the business, which is located in an industrial warehouse building at 2311 Skyway Drive, Unit 5, said fire Battalion Chief Alan Widling.

Four engines, a ladder truck and a breathing unit responding to the blaze found moderate smoke coming from both the front glass door and a large commercial roll-up door in the center of the 11-unit industrial complex, Widling said. 

He said crews contained the blaze within approximately 25 minutes after forcing entry through the front door with a hose line and discovering that fire enveloped floor to the ceiling in the workshop area. 

Ventilation holes were made in the roof, at which time fire crews saw the blaze had spread into the second level. 

Widling said occupants told investigators that the last employees left the building about 20 minutes before the fire was reported. 

Investigators determined the cause of the fire was unintentional and originated in a pile of solvent soaked rags left in the workshop area, he said. 

Minor smoke and water damage were reported in the two adjacent businesses, and preliminary damage is estimated at $100,000 to the structure and $50,000 to contents, Widling said.

No injuries were reported, although American Medical Response provided a standby ambulance.

Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County fire departments each provided an engine to cover several additional emergency responses that occurred in the city while Santa Maria fire units were committed to the structure fire.

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >