Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

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Possible fire in the creek bed near the old Sizzler in the 5500 Block of Hollister. Some reporting parties said they heard an explosion and there might possibly be someone injured.

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sacjon Oct 07, 2019 10:48 AM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

Do they know what caused the explosion? Sounds dangerous and tragic. So sad to hear this man passed.

a-1571477529 Oct 06, 2019 11:35 PM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

Santa Barbara City has a hotline to report homeless encampments. Where do I report an encampment next to Atascadero Creek? (Goleta City? County?)

winter Oct 06, 2019 08:01 PM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

Maybe, we should have a public funeral to honor this man.. Call attention to this problem.

Cali8055. Oct 06, 2019 09:02 PM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

Yes @Winter! We need too, in his honor and so Santa Bárbara city officials Step it up. October is mental awareness Month and with homeless and housing crisis I’m sure this gentleman felt hopeless. Neighbors say he was a good man in his 40’s or so, very kind, hard worker and so far no family has came forward. We need to do something!

a-1571477529 Oct 05, 2019 08:53 PM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

Very painful way to die. I hope the family were notified and able to come give some comfort.

ypyetr Oct 05, 2019 01:37 PM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

It is entirely possible that this was a an attempted homicide. I was present when a homeless man was threatened by some teenage gang bangers that they were going to "come back when [he] are asleep and burn [him] out!" These were obviously recent arrivals of the migrant worker caste, tattooed up and for some reason the illegal mexican nationals feel encroached upon in their newly claimed homeland.

a-1571477529 Oct 05, 2019 11:14 AM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park, that new Goleta Old Town park recently completed, backs up to San Jose Creek. It's a few hundred yards from where this awful fire emergency happened. There are many very tall Eucalyptus and other trees in that area. It's beautiful.

a-1571477529 Oct 05, 2019 10:02 AM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

The homeless encampments along this area are numerous and well known to agencies. If these had been cleaned out, the homeless person might not have set himself on fire. Maybe as part of a massive clean up, he could have gotten necessary services. Union Pacific needs to be held accountable for not eliminating these encampments as soon as they are seen. UP personnel see them daily and from what I was told, they do report them.........unfortunately, nothing is done. So Goleta, SB, Montecito, etc now have the reputation for almost daily fatalities, not to mention ongoing potential for catastrophic fires along this very important transportation corridor. I watch daily as a growing trash heap building up near the Gail Towbes Dance Studio develops..........it had been cleared but now the mattresses, beach chairs, and trash are once again accumulating in full view from the 101 Las Positas southbound off ramp.

a-1571477529 Oct 05, 2019 06:50 AM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

Sadly very true! It doesn't help that Cottage doesn't have a burn center, not enough burn patients in our community to sustain that type of program and staffing.

a-1571477529 Oct 04, 2019 07:29 PM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

Medivac inbound to Cottage just now by the sound of it, so maybe the burn victim. Hope they can manage pain and stabilize the person.

JB86 Oct 04, 2019 07:10 PM
Possible Fire in the Creek Bed

Yes, very nasty event. RPs reported 'person on fire.' Full-body burn reported by SO on-scene, with gas can still burning. No idea what the person was doing. Not many worse ways to go.

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