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Structure Fire
updated: Jul 04, 2014, 5:00 PM

Update from the UC Santa Barbara Police Department
July 4, 2014 3:45 pm

DATE OF EVENT: July 4, 2014 3:30 AM

LOCATION: Sierra Madre Construction Site, Storke Rd, UCSB

Release Issued: July 4, 2014

$10, 000 Reward Offered by UCSB for Information

At about 3:30 a.m., UCSB Police, Santa Barbara Sheriff and Santa Barbara County Fire Departments responded to reports of a fire seen at the UCSB Sierra Madre Housing construction site adjacent to Storke Road. Upon arrival, officers observed flames inside a future apartment building. Two work trailers in an adjoining construction site were also aflame.

The building and trailers were severely damaged by the fire. These were among many other structures under construction which were not damaged. None of the structures were occupied and there were no reported injuries. By 6:00 a.m. the fire was under control and an investigation into the cause and extent of the damage was initiated. The UCSB Fire Marshal, Santa Barbara County Arson Task Force, Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms were added to the cooperative effort and a unified command was established.

Although the cause of the fire is being determined at this time, witnesses reported seeing a white male leaving the construction site at the time the fires started and then fleeing west toward the UCSB North Campus Open Space.

The UCSB Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful conviction of the person(s) who caused these fires. In the event multiple people come forward with such information the money would be divided.

Anyone with information about the fires or the subject seen leaving the scene are encouraged to contact the UCSB Police Department at (805)893-3446 or the Crimestoppers hotline at 1-877-800-9100.

If you have any information or questions about this or any other Law Enforcement related issue, please contact the UCSB Police Department or Crimestoppers at 1-877-800-9100. You may remain anonymous.

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Below reported by an edhat subscriber

Just yesterday I rode by and thought of taking some pictures of the new construction, which has gone up amazingly quickly. And today it's gone. There was a huge wall of fire last night as an acquaintance who lives across the street told me. You can see how hot it was by the melted mesh on the chain link fence. Also in one of those pictures you can see how the former golf clubhouse partially burned down. Is it a good thing that there was basically no wind at all last night.

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Update from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department
July 4, 2014 6:20am

Three Alarm Structure Fire

GOLETA, Ca. July 4, 2014 – At 3:30 am, Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) responded to a structure fire, located at Storke Rd. and Whittier in Goleta. SBCFD was assisted by Santa Barbara City Fire Department, UCPD and the Sheriff’s Department.

A total of five structures burned including three constructions trailers, one large three story residential building under construction, and the old clubhouse from the Ocean Meadows Golf Course. All five structures were fully involved upon firefighter’s arrival to the scene. Firefighters reported 60 to 70 foot flames. The buildings are located on UCSB property. The fire was knocked down at 4:30am. Storke road is closed in the general area. No injuries reported. Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the morning mopping up and determining the cause.

One person of interest was contacted by law enforcement but released. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
July 4, 2014 4:01am

Structure Fire in Goleta at Storke and Whittier. A fully involved structure with County and City Fire responding..

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Woke up this morning to find that it had rained chunks of charcoal everywhere—not just ash! (I was secretly hoping they were meteorites). Got on EdHat to figure out what was up. Spent all of yesterday sweeping and cleaning and preparing for guests coming for the 4th...SIGH...what a MESS.

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 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 04:05 AM

According to county fire twitter there are 3 listings for fires in Goleta two listed at El Colegio and Storke..SBCO Fire have at least one subject detained.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 04:09 AM

Residents reporting subjects running in the area..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 04:22 AM

Unknown if this is more than one fire, or if this is arson..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 04:24 AM

Sounds like theres some bystanders in the backround there I'm not hearing a lot of information over the scanner..Theres a listing on Twitter for this fire at 3:29am..

 

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2014-07-04 04:54 AM

These are construction sites the fires are quite possibly arsons..I had my scanner on early this morning around 2 I think I turned it on around 3 or so started going off I'm not really sure 3:30 ish I heard about one fire. But was hearing the SBSO Chasing subjects around I'm pretty sure they still have subjects detained. I'm hardly hearing anything over my scanners?

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 04:55 AM

I'm not awake...I'm hoping KEYT has this on at 5am channel 3..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 04:59 AM

I heard something about a trail being followed something about Canon Green..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 05:02 AM

KEYT Has this up right now good information..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 05:27 AM

Engines one and five cleared from the Goleta Fires returning to the city..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 07:17 AM

It was all over the beginning of KEYT 5AM I don't see why there wouldn't be any more about it..?

 

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2014-07-04 07:42 AM

I heard them talking about Canon Green thought they was chasing someone over there maybe it was embers.. I guess we take turns sometimes they break the news sometimes I do..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 07:42 AM

Thought it might be there online Thanks Clawmarks..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 07:48 AM

Bummer I think you can e-mail them in..Not sure exacley how to do that but the editor will put em up..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 08:05 AM

Soozhawk has a small story on it I guess according to them the person that was in custody was released..more to it I guess..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-04 08:44 AM

They detained someone but according to noozhawk let em go there were several suspicious incidents during the fine of subjects running heard one hop ed over a fence..There was a guy all in black on a bicycle I think he was the one he got.

 

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2014-07-04 11:17 AM

So that's the old homeless camp area I wondered used to be a long trail back into the camp area where illegal cottages were built 20 or so years ago I've been back there..

 

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2014-07-04 05:25 PM

Will sooner or later they are gonna kill someone just like the guy did down here in the junkyard of course he didn't get arrested for it as there was no investigation so maybe not.

 

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2014-07-06 06:36 AM

There should be 2 guards not just one over night one can always be taken care of.

 

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2014-07-07 05:11 PM

Will I remember one night they had 4 guards at Gregg Motors and still got a bunch of cars ripped off including the patrol vehicle..

 

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