Update: Fire officials report the cause of the brush fire on Highway 101 in Goleta was a faulty catalytic converter that spit hot burning material from the exhaust pipe of a passing vehicle.Just before 3 p.m. Thursday, fires started in the brush off the 101 freeway between Patterson and Fairview and a flying ember caused a palm tree to ignite in a Calle Real parking lot.Cell phone video reveals flames near the Valero gas station on Calle Real where employees self-evacuated. The fire damaged some of the building as the flames reached the roof but fire fighters were able to stop it from spreading. Two northbound lanes of the 101 were shut down, causing traffic to back up near the State Street 154 exit and Calle Real was shut down for around an hour. Fire officials say it does not look suspicious but investigators with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department are looking into a cause of the fires both in Goleta and Buellton. Five county fire engines and a Cal Fire crew that was in the area assisted in containing the fire.Connect with KEY News on Twitter- @KEY3News and Facebook- www.facebook.com/KEY3News for instant updates.
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