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Santa Barbara County Fire Crews Respond to Fire in Goleta Apartment

Blaze causes smoke and water damage; Firefighter rescues cat from downstairs apartment that had water damage from upstairs fire

A Santa Barbara County firefighter rescues a cat from a Goleta apartment after the home got water damage from a fire in the upstairs unit.
A Santa Barbara County firefighter rescues a cat from a Goleta apartment after the home got water damage from a fire in the upstairs unit.  (Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded Thursday morning to an apartment building structure fire on the 300 block of Moreton Bay Lane in Goleta.

An apartment kitchen was on fire and multiple engines responded to the scene at 11:58 a.m., County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said. 

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it stretched into other areas of the apartment but the residence did have heavy water and smoke damage, he said. 

There was smoke damage to adjoining apartments and water damage to the apartment below, he added. 

The elderly owner of the first-floor apartment with water damage was worried about her cat so firefighters worked together to corral and catch it for a rescue, Zaniboni said. 

A Goleta apartment kitchen was destroyed by fire Thursday and the flames caused heavy smoke and water damage to other areas of the building. Click to view larger
A Goleta apartment kitchen was destroyed by fire Thursday and the flames caused heavy smoke and water damage to other areas of the building.  (Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

They got it into a pet carrier for her, he said. 

Investigators responded to the scene to find the cause of the fire, which is still unknown, and firefighters stayed on scene to get water out of the apartments and check the attic for any possible fire extension. 

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County firefighters mop up the scene after a structure fire in Goleta Thursday morning. Click to view larger
County firefighters mop up the scene after a structure fire in Goleta Thursday morning. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

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