Skip to Content

Inmates start fire at Santa Barbara County Jail

The Santa Barbara County Jail was on lockdown Sunday evening after inmates started a fire.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department says the fire started in a trash can Sunday around 3:45 p.m. The trash can contained clothes, bedding and other items. When officials tried to evacuate about 25 inmates suspected of starting the fire, the inmates barricaded themselves inside their cells and refused to come out.

NewsChannel 3was toldthey threw debris at firefighters as crews worked to put out the flames.

Sheriff’s deputies were eventually able to evacuate the inmates and firefighters put out the fire.

During the incident, NewsChannel 3 was told at least two fights broke out among the inmates. Officials say one person was hospitalized with a head injury.

The incident is under investigation.

Article Topic Follows: News

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo

News Channel 3-12

Email the News Channel 3-12 Team


News Channel 3-12 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content