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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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 COMMENT 378772 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 08:34 AM

Leaving a wall heater on and unattended is not a wise choice to make.


 COMMENT 378780 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 08:43 AM

Amazing pictures by UH as usual. You guys are amazing, up and out that early on a cold morning:-)

Very fortunate that there was a smoke detector, it might have saved the lives of the other tenants.


 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 08:51 AM

Great job Urban Hikers! Always love your reports.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 09:12 AM

I was totally out of it when I heard that call and DID NOT want to get outta bed to put it up, but glad I did after seeing the UH Report. Too bad for the new tenent heaters are scarey I always shut mine off before crashing off to Sleepy Land.


 COMMENT 378814 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 10:00 AM

Nice job containing and extinguishing the fire SB City Fire!


 COMMENT 378879 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 12:52 PM

UH logo should be "We love the smell of burnt palm in the morning".


 COMMENT 378913 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-26 02:14 PM

The block of 100 E Yanonali has a new building, with a wine tasting room downstairs and two condos on 2 floors above. Is that where the fire was? Across the street from SB Winery tasting room?

I was just walking Yanonali on Sunday and don't recognize a studio like the UH pictured on that block. Any help to orient myself is appreciated!


 COMMENT 379171 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-27 08:32 AM

100 block is between Anacapa and SB, this is east of the little street, Gray Avenue. there is a house with a small house in the back. south side of the street. Bingo


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