Tuesday, September 19 , 2017, 7:45 pm | Fair 67º

 
 
 
 

Local News

County Arson Task Force Investigating Suspicious Fire That Damaged Vehicles in Lompoc

Responders worked to extinguish burning vehicles and stop blaze from spreading to nearby apartment complex

Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire that damaged at least three vehicles in Lompoc early Monday morning. Click to view larger
Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire that damaged at least three vehicles in Lompoc early Monday morning.  (Brittanii Cullors photo)

Three vehicles were damaged after a suspicious fire in a Lompoc alleyway early Monday morning, according to authorities.  

Just before 3 a.m., personnel from the Lompoc Fire and Santa Barbara County Fire departments responded to the incident in an alley between the 200 blocks of N and O streets.

The first crews to arrive reported three vehicles fully involved with fire that had started to spread to the laundry room of a multi-unit apartment complex. 

“The first arriving crew made an aggressive attack on the laundry room exposure to knock down the fire and limit any threat to the apartment complex,” Battalion Chief Brian Federmann said.

Crews worked to extinguish the fires along and check to make sure flames had not extended into the adjacent building, Federmann added.

“The cause of the fire is suspicious in nature and under investigation,” Federmann said. 

The Santa Barbara County Arson Task Force is helping investigate the incident.

Once the initial review is done, the case is expected to be referred to Lompoc Police Department detectives for further investigation. 

Anyone who has information about the incident, or witnessed any suspicious activity, is urged to contact the Police Department at 805.736.2341.

Tips also can be made through the police department's app for mobile phones.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully 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.

Vehicles in a parking area between the 200 blocks of N and O streets in Lompoc were damaged by a suspicious fire early Monday morning. Click to view larger
Vehicles in a parking area between the 200 blocks of N and O streets in Lompoc were damaged by a suspicious fire early Monday morning. (Brittanii Cullors photo)
  • 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 >

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.



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 >