Pixel Tracker

Saturday, February 16 , 2019, 2:47 am | Fair 50º

 
 
 
 

Body Found After Fire Extinguished in Drainage Pipe in Santa Barbara

Early morning blaze was discovered along northbound Highway 101 near Milpas Street exit ramp

Smoke pours from a drainage culvert along northbound Highway 101 in Santa Barbara early Monday. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, the found a body inside the culvert. Click to view larger
Smoke pours from a drainage culvert along northbound Highway 101 in Santa Barbara early Monday. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, the found a body inside the culvert. (Ryan Cullom / Noozhawk photo)
Firefighters douse a blaze in and around a drainage culvert under Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, just west of the Salinas Street entrance ramp. Click to view larger
Firefighters douse a blaze in and around a drainage culvert under Highway 101 in Santa Barbara, just west of the Salinas Street entrance ramp. (Ryan Cullom / Noozhawk photo)

Firefighters discovered a body early Monday after putting out a fire in a drainage culvert under Highway 101 near Milpas Street on Santa Barbara’s Lower Eastside.

Crews were dispatched shortly after 2 a.m. after smoke was reported billowing along the northbound freeway, about a quarter-mile west of the Salinas Street entrance ramp, Santa Barbara Fire Engineer Kevin Corbett said.

The site is along a freeway sound wall about 200 yards east of Milpas Street.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames coming from a 4-foot-high drainage pipe, authorities said.

Emergency personnel at the scene told Noozhawk the body was found about 100 feet inside the concrete culvert, which has a black PVC lining and serves a development on the north side of the freeway just east of Milpas Street.

Details about the dead individual have not been released.

Two of the freeway’s three northbound lanes were shut down for several hours, Corbett said, but as of 7:45 a.m., only one remained closed.

The lane closures led to major traffic congestion during the morning commute.

Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office personnel were called in to recover the body, Corbett said.

An autopsy is pending.

The incident and death remain under investigation.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton 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.

Firefighters discovered a body early Monday after dousing a fire in a drainage conduit under Highway 101 in Santa Barbara.

Crews were dispatched shortly after 2 a.m. to a report of smoke near the Salinas Street onramp to the northbound freeway, according to Engineer Kevin Corbett of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department dispatch.

They found smoke and flames coming from a 4-foot-high drainage pipe, according to Santa Barbara City Fire Department dispatch.

Personnel on scene told Noozhawk the body was found about 100 feet inside the pipe, which was has a black PVC lining and serves a development on the inland side of the freeway.

Details on the person found dead were not released.

Two northbound lanes of the freeway were shut down for several hours, Corbett said, and as of 7:45 a.m., only one remained closed.

Coroner’s personnel responded and recovered the remains, Corbett said.

The incident and death remained under investigation.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton 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.

Santa Barbara firefighters investigate after a fire was extinguised in a drainage culvert under Highway 101 near Salinas Street. A body was found inside the pipe. Click to view larger
Santa Barbara firefighters investigate after a fire was extinguised in a drainage culvert under Highway 101 near Salinas Street. A body was found inside the pipe. (Urban Hikers / Noozhawk photo)

Talk to Us!

Please take Noozhawk's audience survey to help us understand what you expect — and want — from us. It'll take you just a few minutes. Thank you!

Get Started >

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 using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Email
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership
×

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • 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 >