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Apartment fire in Santa Barbara, two people displaced

Posted at 4:27 PM, Feb 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-23 23:59:56-05

UPDATE (4:27 p.m.)- The Santa Barbara City Fire Department said the cause of the fire on the 17000 block of De La Vina  St. was electrical in nature.

They said an electric bike was charging its lithium battery and then it malfunctioned, which is when the fire broke out.


Two Santa Barbara residents have been displaced from their home after an apartment complex caught on fire Saturday morning.

The Santa Barbara City Fire Department responded to the incident on the 17000 block of De La Vina Street just before 8 a.m. Saturday.

Fire officials said the fire was outside and underneath a stairwell of the apartment complex that appeared to be a storage area.

Fire officials said the fire was located outside and under a stairwell of the complex.
Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara City Fire Department

Fire crews said three engines, one truck company and a Battalion Chief were able to quickly extinguish the fire on the outside of the apartment.

The smoke damage from the fire below caused the two people living in the apartment above to be displaced.

The fire was on the 17000 block of De La Vina Street Saturday morning.
Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara City Fire Department

In total 28 people were safely evacuated during the fire. Fire officials said no one was injured.

They estimate the property damage to be about $15,000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.