Monday, January 16 , 2017, 8:26 am | Fair 44º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Firefighters Knock Down Blaze at Santa Barbara Maintenance Yard

Flames, smoke discovered in storage container on Quarantina Street but no injuries reported

Santa Barbara firefighters were called out Sunday afternoon to a maintenance yard fire that damaged an equipment-storage container. 

At 1:54 p.m., dispatchers got a call for a transformer fire in the area of Quarantina and Cota streets, Battalion Chief Mike de Ponce said.

Witnesses reported the sound of an explosion from the scene, but fire officials aren’t yet sure what caused it.

Some witnesses in the neighborhood believed it a welding tank exploding, Noozhawk contributor Peter Hartmann reported from the scene. 

Residents in the area saw flames and smoke coming out of a building, so the call was quickly upgraded to a commercial structure fire, with four engines, a truck and battalion chief responding.

Engine 2 was the first on the scene, and crews saw flames and smoke, so they forced entry into the lot by cutting the gate, de Ponce said.

He said the fire was coming from a storage container holding equipment and supplies that are used for renovating and retrofitting Airstream trailers.

No adjacent property or trailers were damaged, and no one was injured during the fire.

Crews knocked down the fire in 10-15 minutes, de Ponce said, and an investigator was heading to the scene. 

De Ponce didn’t see an obvious cause from the scene, although he noted that the fire started in an area with a lot of equipment. No workers were at the yard at the time the blaze ignited.

“That neighborhood is interesting, in the way there’s a lot of commercial mixed in with lots of residential buildings, so residents are alert and knew something wasn’t right when they heard the sound of an explosion and then saw smoke and fire,” de Ponce said.

Noozhawk news 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.

Santa Barbara city firefighters knock down flames that were discovered in a storage container in a yard on Quarantina Street. (Urban Hikers photo)

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.



Reader Comments

Noozhawk encourages free expression, regardless of viewpoint, but requires that such expressions be civil in tone, respectful of other commenters and relevant to the stories on which they are posted. We reserve the right to remove any comment for any reason.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree not to submit a comment that is abusive, defamatory, disrespectful, illegal, libelous, profane, vulgar or disparaging (whether on the basis of disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, traits with which people are born, or otherwise).

» Agree not to submit a comment that attacks or threatens another person, threatens or promotes violence, wishes for harm to befall another person, invades another person's privacy or proprietary rights, or uses expletives (including veiled profanity).

» Agree not to stalk or harass another person, dominate the conversation, discourage participation by others, or bait, belittle, bicker with, mock or taunt others.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

» Comments with spam or self-promotional links are not allowed. Comments that include links are automatically routed to a Pending queue. Regularly checking it is not a priority of ours.

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 >