Montecito firefighters didn’t have to go far Saturday night to respond to a structure fire.
In fact, they didn’t have to go anywhere, as the fire was in their own station on the 2300 block of Sycamore Canyon Road.
“Light smoke was filling the first and second floors of the fire station,” Favuzzi said.
At about 7:20 p.m., crews noticed the smell of smoke in the Montecito Fire Protection District’s Station 92 and began searching for the source, said Christina Favuzzi, the district’s public information officer.
A first-alarm structure fire response was initiated, and the blaze was brought under control within an hour, she said.
“Firefighters were challenged by fire extension into the walls on the first and second floors of the fire station, as well as the attic,” Favuzzi said. “The extent of the fire’s damage required extensive overhaul work by firefighters.”
More than 40 firefighters responded to the incident, including personnel from the City of Santa Barbara, the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
Cold Springs Road at Sycamore Canyon Road was shut down for a time during the incident, but was subsequently reopened.
No injuries were reported in the fire, which remained under investigation.
The district was making arrangements for temporary housing for personnel at the station.
“There will be no reduction in service to the community as a result of this incident,” Favuzzi said.