Bubbles N Beans Fire Ruled Suspicious

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Update by Santa Barbara City Fire Department
September 21, 2017

The early morning fire on September 18th at 1930 De La Vina Street has been classified as suspicious in nature and continues to be investigated by the Santa Barbara City Fire Prevention Bureau. Preliminary damage estimates are $300,000 for the building and $200,000 for contents. More information will be made available at the conclusion of the investigation.


Update by Santa Barbara City Fire Department
September 18, 2017

Shortly after 2am this morning, 911 dispatchers were alerted to smoke coming from a business in the 1900 block of De La Vina St. The Santa Barbara City Fire Department responded 3 engine companies, 1 ladder truck and a battalion chief to the scene.

First arriving crews reported smoke visible from the front of the business and active fire coming from the rear of the structure. 2 additional engine companies were dispatched to the fire scene. Initial efforts were focused on fire attack to the rear and protecting adjacent businesses. Truck personnel laddered the building to cut a ventilation hole when the front of the building self-ventilated and blew out the windows on De La Vina St.

Fire attack crews entered the building through the rear door, encountering active fire and heavy black smoke banked down almost to the floor. 2 hose lines were used to extinguish fire on both the first and second floor. A thorough search was immediately conducted to check for occupants, none were found.

Police and public works personnel assisted with traffic control in the Mission and De La Vina area with Edison crews called in to de-energized service lines to the fire building. The laundromat suffered extensive damage throughout, with smoke damage to an adjacent tobacco shop. There were no injuries reported to fire crews. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.


By William

I snapped a photo right after the fire department arrived at the Bubbles N Beans laundromat at Mission & De La Vina. The crackling and popping woke my roommate and I up at about 2:15 am when the flames had already engulfed the back portion.

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Roger Sep 23, 2017 04:17 PM
Bubbles N Beans Fire Ruled Suspicious

Maybe you better speak to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department then....You can save whatever you want but they are not libelous comments.

a-1513197692 Sep 22, 2017 02:43 PM
Bubbles N Beans Fire Ruled Suspicious

It does if you're desperate to sell. Businesses don't sell in S.B. these days. Ridiculous rents, unending administrative hassles and quasi guaranteed bankruptcy within a year if you're foolish enough to buy anyway. No buyers : so "sell it" to the insurance company ..

Roger Sep 22, 2017 09:17 AM
Bubbles N Beans Fire Ruled Suspicious

Not if someone committed Arson the court costs attorney etc will soak up the money they will go to prison if they ever get out will have to register as a arsonist just like a sex offender does and the insurance company may not pay out anyway...There are a lot of things people should think about before committing a crime.......If that is what happened?

tagdes Sep 21, 2017 08:30 PM
Bubbles N Beans Fire Ruled Suspicious

It was said they were selling the place and moving out of state...so maybe they couldn't get the asking price.

a-1513197692 Sep 20, 2017 10:42 AM
Bubbles N Beans Fire Ruled Suspicious

Does anybody know how to get a hold of owners? Will they be replacing shoes lost in the fire for their customers?

a-1513197692 Sep 18, 2017 10:06 PM
Bubbles N Beans Fire Ruled Suspicious

And ladies and gentlemen, don't forget to often check and clean your home dryer vents of lint. It builds up fast.

420722 Sep 18, 2017 06:39 PM
Bubbles N Beans Fire Ruled Suspicious

This is sad. Hope they are able to rebuild. They have been providing laundry service in that spot for about 20 years. In the meantime there is one across the street.

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