Las Canoas Structure Fire
updated: Jun 12, 2012, 8:21 AM
By the Urban Hikers
Just after 2:00 am in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 12th, a fire broke out in an attached garage of a home in the 1600 block of Los Canoas Road, which is at the corner of Las Canoas Road and Las Canoas Lane.
The two residents of the home were awakened by the sounds of the fire and immediately called 911. Thankfully, they escaped the house without injury.
Engine 7, the first of many Santa Barbara City Fire Department engines responding to the scene, found the garage ablaze. Complicating their work, firefighters found the closest fire hydrant to be about 100 yards away, and by the time water could be put on the flames, the fire had spread into the attic space of the attached home. Fire fighting efforts were also hampered by the home's "double ceiling" which kept them from easily accessing the flames in the attic.
By the time the fire was out, the garage and its contents, including a car, were a total loss and the early mid-century home had suffered extensive fire and smoke damage.
In all, about 20 fire fighters and command staff fought the blaze. Santa Barbara County Fire assisted with one engine and crew from the Mission Canyon Station, and the Montecito Fire Department moved one engine to Santa Barbara to help cover the City. A SB City Fire Inspector arrived on scene to investigate the cause of the fire, which is still undetermined at press time.
There were no injuries in the firefighting efforts which involved very hazardous work. Luckily, dense June fog and drizzle blanketed the area decreasing the risk of the fire spreading into to the surrounding vegetation. Fire fighters are expected to remain on scene until 8:00 am mopping up and salvaging what can be saved from the home.