Fire at Vacant Downtown Restaurant

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Santa Barbara City firefighters responded to a deck fire at a vacant downtown Santa Barbara restaurant on New Year's Eve.

Around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, crews arrived at 129 E. Anapamu for reports of a structure fire. Crews found heavy smoke and discovered a fire under the restaurant's deck. 

The location is the former home of the Little Door restaurant that closed earlier this year. It's been vacant ever since.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Video by John Palminteri

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
7:04 p.m., December 31, 2019

Structure fire at 129 East Anapamu. Full Santa Barbara City Fire Department Response...

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a-1585932333 Jan 01, 2020 03:32 PM
Fire at Vacant Downtown Restaurant

When the homeless cause a fire like this, is it insured? Are they arrested for arson? What does this do for the fire insurance rates for nearby businesses/residences? Do Santa Barbara residents pay higher rates because of the threat of fires because of homeless encampments all over the community?

PitMix Jan 02, 2020 10:46 AM
Fire at Vacant Downtown Restaurant

Yes, sometimes, go up, yes. If fires occur, insurance companies raise their rates to maintain the same level of profit. That's how they work.

a-1585932333 Jan 01, 2020 08:20 AM
Fire at Vacant Downtown Restaurant

The Noozhawk article says there was some oakwood burning under the deck. I'm not honestly surprised someone is camping underneath that deck. The whole area around the County administration building and the old Courthouse is a giant encampment with tents, plus a load of junk stored there and on the sidewalks. Shopping carts and piles of garbage on both sides. There's always people screaming, fighting, smoking and going to the bathroom there (if you ever walk by, the place smells like urine and feces). On weekdays most people scatter by 7 or 8 in the morning, but on weekends they basically just have tents up all day since there's probably no one there to kick them out.

a-1585932333 Jan 02, 2020 01:15 PM
Fire at Vacant Downtown Restaurant

I called the police non-emergency line last week and reported that a homeless person was staying on the porch. Also reported it to the real estate agent.

Roger Jan 02, 2020 01:57 PM
Fire at Vacant Downtown Restaurant

Just because Ray screwed up doesn't make everyone from Chicago bad can you just leave Chicago out of it?

Factotum Jan 01, 2020 04:31 PM
Fire at Vacant Downtown Restaurant

Irene made the location work. Then Ray Klein from Chicago thought he had a better idea - selling Santa Barbara as a Santa Barbara brand.

a-1585932333 Jan 01, 2020 04:25 PM
Fire at Vacant Downtown Restaurant

Just shows how long you've lived here. That particular location has had at least two restaurants and a bakery that did very well for many many years.

yin yang Dec 31, 2019 11:55 PM
Fire at Vacant Downtown Restaurant

Okay, that's it, raze the place and exorcise it!! No restaurant can make it there. Woo woo weird bad news.

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