Firefighters battle a residential structure fire on the 1600 block of Gunderson Lane in Santa Maria late Friday night.
Firefighters battle a residential structure fire on the 1600 block of Gunderson Lane in Santa Maria late Friday night. Ten people and multiple dogs were displaced after the blaze. (Santa Maria Fire Department photo)

Ten people and multiple dogs were displaced after a fire late Friday night at an apartment complex in northwest Santa Maria. 

Personnel from the Santa Maria Fire Department were dispatched to the 1600 block of Gunderson Lane at 11:15 p.m., Battalion Chief Anthony Clayburg said. 

The fire appeared to have started on the exterior of the building and extended inside the structure, he said.

Video posted online showed heavy flames and smoke at the incident. 

Clayburg said one apartment unit was destroyed and another was heavily damaged due to the fire.

All of the residents and several dogs were able to escape the residences, but one dog died due to the fire, Clayburg said.

The cause remained under investigation with help from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Firefighters battle a residential structure fire on the 1600 block of Gunderson Lane in Santa Maria late Friday night. Ten people and multiple dogs were displaced after the blaze.

Firefighters battle a residential structure fire on the 1600 block of Gunderson Lane in Santa Maria late Friday night. Ten people and multiple dogs were displaced after the blaze. (Santa Maria Fire Department photo)

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Janene Scully | Noozhawk North County Editor

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at jscully@noozhawk.com.