Neighbors Save Westside Home from Battery Fire

Electric scooter caused a garage fire on Santa Barbara's westside on June 1, 2024 (Photo: Geo Duarte)
Electric scooter caused a garage fire on Santa Barbara's westside on June 1, 2024 (Photo: Geo Duarte)

Just before 7:00 p.m. Saturday (June 1), a couple returning home from a walk noticed smoke billowing from a residence near Valerio and Calle Boca Del Cañion on Santa Barbara’s westside.

The couple was able to open the garage door and used a nearby hose to attempt to douse the fire.

It turns out a scooter that was plugged in for charging had its batteries explode and scattered throughout the garage. Some of the batteries ricochet to the garage door, others were all the way inside the garage.

Electric scooter caused a garage fire on Santa Barbara's westside on June 1, 2024 (Photo: Geo Duarte)
Electric scooter caused a garage fire on Santa Barbara’s westside on June 1, 2024 (Photo: Geo Duarte)

Water seemed to have no effect on the lithium batteries themselves, yet kept the fire from spreading.

At least three Santa Barbara Fire Department trucks arrived on the scene.

The owners of the home soon returned from a bicycle outing and were very grateful for the quick actions taken by their neighbors. One of the residents stated she will be asking her husband to get rid of some of the electric-powered micromobility devices such as e-scooters, etc.

Lithium battery powered devices can be dangerous when left unattended during recharging. Thankfully this time everything turned out in a positive outcome.

Electric batteries the caused a garage fire on June 1, 2024 (Photo: Leslie Ekker)
Electric batteries the caused a garage fire on June 1, 2024 (Photo: Leslie Ekker)
Electric batteries the caused a garage fire on June 1, 2024 (Photo: Leslie Ekker)

Electric batteries the caused a garage fire on June 1, 2024 (Photo: Leslie Ekker)
Electric batteries the caused a garage fire on June 1, 2024 (Photo: Leslie Ekker)

Geo Duarte

Written by Geo Duarte

Geo Duarte is a volunteer scanner reporter for edhat.com. More reports can be viewed on Geo's Instagram page @Xtek_Overload

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