Eight people were displaced after a fire caused significant damage to their home in Santa Maria on Saturday.
At about 1:30 p.m., personnel from the Santa Maria Fire Department and Police Department were dispatched to the 1100 block of Kingston Drive for a report of a structure fire. All five Santa Maria engines plus the ladder truck and a battalion chief responded.
Additionally, crews from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department were summoned to assist.
The first crew to arrive reported that the fire was well involved in one residence and began attacking the blaze, Acting Battalion Chief Elijah Coleman said.
The fire generated a large column of black smoke above Santa Maria, and flames filled at least one window while a crowd gathered to watch.
Firefighters contained the fire within an hour, Coleman said.
“There was major damage to that structure. It’s unlivable now,” Coleman said, adding that the fire went through the residential part of the house. “We did keep it out of the garage area, but everything was pretty much lost.”
A neighboring structure received slight damage from the fire, according to Coleman.
The cause of the blaze at the one-story residence remained under investigation.
No one was injured in the incident, Coleman said.