Fire at Beach City Student Housing Displaces 14 Residents

Update by the edhat staff
September 12, 2023

A total of 14 residents are displaced following the Beach City apartment fire this past weekend.

On Monday the management company of the housing complex, St. George & Associates, posted an update on their Instagram account @beachcityliving.

The post stated the fire begain Saturday evening in Unit 1 of Building 807. Firefighters evacuated the entire building and contained the fire to one unit, although the adjacent unit was deemed uninhabitable due to smoke damage.

The property management company states there are a total of 14 displaced residents, six living in unit 1 and eight living in unit 2. The fire inspector reportedly approved the rest of the units to be ok for tenants to return. 

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Fire at Beach City Student Housing Displaces At Least Six Residents

By the edhat staff
September 9, 2023

A Saturday night fire at a student housing complex near Santa Barbara City College damaged two apartments and left at least six people displaced.

Around 9:30 p.m., Santa Barbara City firefighters responded to the large apartment buildings in the 800 block of Cliff Drive on the corner of Loma Alta Drive.

Firefighters evacuated multiple nearby units as a safety precaution and began tackling the fire. It appears to have started in an upstairs unit before spreading to the common attic and affecting other units.

Firefighters had to access an adjacent unit to reach the corner unit where the fire was initially burning. Holes were quickly cut in the roof to provide ventilation in a bid to stop the fire from spreading further.

Approximately 20 minutes later, crews announced control of the fire, although several units received fire, water and smoke damage.

At least six people were displaced by the fire, with as many as eight units possibly uninhabitable due to the extent of the damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Personnel from the Montecito Fire Protection District and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department also assisted city firefighters in handling other calls while they tackled the structure fire.

St. George and Associates own the Beach City student-housing complex, which is near Santa Barbara City College.

Beach City Student-Housing Complex (courtesy photo)


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