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Funk Zone Fire
updated: Feb 26, 2013, 8:16 AM

By the Urban Hikers

Just before 5:00 am on Tuesday morning a structure fire broke out in an unoccupied studio apartment in the 100 block of East Yanonali Street.This is near lower Santa Barbara Street in the Funk Zone.

As reported by Roger the Scanner Guy, the fire started in an attached studio apartment on the property. A resident of the the same property awoke in the early morning to the studio's smoke detector alarm and the sounds of the crackling fire. The man immediately called 911 to reported the fire. When fire crews arrived on scene, the man was able to provide them with information that was very helpful to the firefighters.

The first firefighters into the studio found the back wall engulfed in flames. The fire, which was burning in the area of a wall heater, had caused a window on the same wall to shatter. This was fortunate because it allowed the fire to vent out the window and kept the flames from rapidly spreading inside the unit.

Firefighters immediately extended a water line from Engine 1 and extinguished the flames within the apartment. Firefighters then worked to determine the extension of the fire within the wall and ceiling. This is necessary to confirm that the fire was completely out.

In all, the studio suffered major smoke and fire damage. Luckily, no one was injured in the blaze. The studio was unoccupied at the time of the fire, but fortunately was equipped with a working smoke detector. The new resident, who was in the process of moving in, had placed many of her belongings in the studio but she had not yet moved in herself.

Santa Barbara Fire Department responded with the usual structure fire response- three fire engines, the ladder truck and a Battalion Chief. Santa Barbara Police Department were on scene to provide traffic control.

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