Pixel Tracker

Wednesday, March 20 , 2019, 3:43 pm | Partly Cloudy 61º

 
 
 
 

China Bowl Restaurant Damaged in Early Morning Fire in Santa Barbara

Fire and police personnel evacuate nearby Transition House residents during the blaze

Santa Barbara City firefighters respond to a structure fire Monday morning at the China Bowl restaurant. Click to view larger
Santa Barbara City firefighters respond to a structure fire Monday morning at the China Bowl restaurant.  (Urban Hikers / Noozhawk photo)

Santa Barbara City Fire investigators responded to the scene of a restaurant fire on the 400 block of East Ortega Street Monday morning after the blaze damaged the China Bowl and State Street Café restaurant.

Firefighters responded to the restaurant, at 440 E. Ortega St., just after 5 a.m. and saw flames burning from the roof of the building, Battalion Chief Mike de Ponce said.

He ordered two additional engines at that point, and fire and police responders evacuated the neighboring Transition House residents.

No one was inside the restaurant building at the time of the fire, and firefighters were able to make an “aggressive interior attack” to extinguish the blaze in the large attic, where there was an office and storage space, according to de Ponce.

The fire was extinguished quickly, and damage was kept to the attic space and roof, he added.

Transition House’s building was undamaged, and fire personnel cleared out smoke and reset the alarm system before allowing residents back inside.

No injuries were reported and there was no cost estimate for the restaurant fire damage as of Monday morning. ​

Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli 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!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

Email
I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • 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.