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Elderly Woman Dies in Montecito House Fire

Two-alarm blaze broke out in single-story home on Loureyro Road

A two -alarm structure fire broke out Monday morning on Loureyro Road in Montecito.
A two -alarm structure fire broke out Monday morning on Loureyro Road in Montecito. (Urban Hikers photo)

A firefighters sprays water on a house fire in Montecito on Monday. Officials confirmed an elderly woman died in the blaze. (Diego Topete photo)

[Scroll down to see video of the fire]

A woman was found dead Monday after a fast-moving fire swept through a single-story home in Montecito, according to the Montecito Fire Protection District.

Fire crews responded at about 7:30 a.m. to the 100 block of Loureyro Road, near the intersection of Jameson Lane and Sheffield Road, and found the home engulfed in flames, district spokeswoman Geri Ventura said.

Ventura confirmed that an elderly female was found dead in the home's charred remains.

Firefighters were slowed in their efforts when the structure's roof collapsed shortly after they arrived, delaying the interior attack on the flames, Ventura said.

She said they also were hampered by brush and trees up against the structure — what she called a lack of "defensible space."

Coroner's personnel responded to the scene and arson investigators also were called in, Ventura said.

The blaze broke out just hours after another two-alarm fire on Picacho Lane Sunday night. The same dispatcher, former Montecito firefighter Scott Edwards, was on duty for both fires, Ventura said.

A large column of smoke from Monday's fire was visible throughout the area and firefighters continued spraying down the smoldering home after the flames were out. 

Firefighters sprayed down the home near the roof collapse after the structure fire was extinguished. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)

Roads were shut down in the area, including Loureyo Road and Jameson Lane between Sheffield Drive and La Vuelta. Traffic was also backed up on nearby Highway 101. 

"It's unusual for us to have two fires of this nature in one day, and given the outlook of the season, I hope it's not a predictor of things to come," Ventura said.

It was lucky that there weren't high winds Monday morning, she said, like the winds that caused flames to jump from a mulch pile to a Montecito home on Picacho Lane night before.

The structure fire burned the exterior of the house and the car in the driveway. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)

Montecito firefighters were assisted by crews from the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Department and the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, while the CHP and Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies provided traffic control.

Noozhawk News Editor Giana Magnoli reported from the scene.

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