A woman was injured Wednesday in a two-alarm residential structure fire in downtown Santa Barbara.
Firefighters were dispatched shortly before 7 a.m. to the 200 block of Equestrian Avenue, where the first crews in found flames and smoke coming from a two-story structure, Santa Barbara fire Battalion Chief Michael Hoose told Noozhawk.
A woman with possible burn and smoke-inhalation injuries was outside, and received care from firefighters and medics.
A second alarm was called, bringing in more resources to battle the fire.
There were reports that a second person, the woman’s son, was unaccounted for, so firefighters entering the home to douse the flames also conducted a search, Hoose said.
He said he was eventually located unharmed.
The fire was knocked down in about 10 minutes, with the flames confined to the room of origin but smoke damage throughout the structure.
The woman was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Her name and details on her injuries were not available.
A cat that suffered possible heat and smoke injuries in the fire was rushed to a nearby emergency veterinarian, Hoose added.
The cause of the fire was under investigation, and crews remained at the scene on Equestrian Avenue, a block-long street between Garden and Santa Barbara streets, a half-block north of East Anapamu Street.
(Peter Hartmann / Noozhawk video)