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Goleta home spared from widespread damage by fast response

Goleta fire Camino Meleno January 16, 2020
John Palminteri
Santa Barbara County firefighters put out an attic fire before it spread to the full home on Camino Meleno in Goleta. (Photo: John Palminteri)

GOLETA, Calif. - A single family home in Goleta was saved by Santa Barbara County Firefighters when a fire broke out this morning in the attic.

The first engines arrived about 10:40 a.m. at 1490 Camino Meleno near North Patterson Avenue. Firefighters said there was a working fire in the attic.

They were able to attack the fire from both the rooftop and through the attic entrance in the garage. The homeowners were on the property when the fire broke out.

Battalion Chief Adam Estabrook said multiple engines were called to be ready in case the attic fire spread throughout the structure which did not happen. Some of the resources were from Santa Barbara City fire.

"We went up through the attic into the structure and we also breached a hole from the exterior and attacked it from two different directions.  That enabled us to confine it to one area," he said.     "Attic fires are really tough to fight  It takes a lot of manpower and personnel so we called for resources from Santa Barbara City."

The fire was controlled in about ten minutes. From there the resources were scaled back.

No one was hurt.

The cause remains under investigation.

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