Friday, October 20 , 2017, 11:38 am | Fair 73º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Student Reportedly Starts Small Vegetation Fire at Cleveland Elementary Campus in Santa Barbara

Small blaze burns hillside on western side of campus; responding fire crews spot a tree fall nearby that brings down power lines on the Eastside

Santa Barbara firefighters extinguish a small brush fire on the Cleveland Elementary School campus Monday afternoon. Click to view larger
Santa Barbara firefighters extinguish a small brush fire on the Cleveland Elementary School campus Monday afternoon.  (Zack Warburg / Noozhawk photo)

Santa Barbara firefighters made quick work of a small vegetation fire at the Cleveland Elementary School campus Monday afternoon that was reportedly started by a student.  

Crews responded around 3:20 p.m. to the campus at 123 Alameda Padre Serra and found a 50-by-100-foot spot fire at the west side of the campus. 

Firefighters soon reported the fire was under control and requested an arson investigator to respond to the scene.

"It looks like a student started the fire," Battalion Chief Jim McCoy said, adding that the student was taken to the principal's office. 

Fire investigators, police and school staff were involved in the investigation at that point, he said. 

There were students on campus for the After School Education and Safety Program at the time of the fire, and they were moved from various classrooms to the cafeteria, a more central location, said Lauren Bianchi Klemann, a spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara Unified School District. 

"It went close I think to some of our portables, but it got put under control pretty quickly," she said. 

The fire burned on the lower hillside of the campus, near a new walkway to school that debuted at the beginning of this school year, she added.  

Santa Barbara police officers also responded to the scene. 

From the hillside, responding firefighters spotted a eucalyptus tree fall on East Mason street. 

As of 4:55 p.m., the tree, or a very large branch, was blocking East Mason Street between Soledad and Salinas streets, said City Fire Battalion Chief Jim McCoy. 

The tree took down a lot of power lines in the area and Southern California Edison crews responded to the scene to de-energize those lines, McCoy said. 

Edison reported an outage to 113 customers as of 4:50 p.m., with an estimated restoration time of 8 p.m. 

Santa Barbara City Public Works crews and an arborist were en route to the scene, according to McCoy. 

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.

  • 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 >