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Apartment fire knocked down by Santa Barbara firefighters

Apartment Fire
Santa Barbara City Fire Department

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Several residents of an apartment building are displaced after a fire forced them from their homes Thursday morning in Santa Barbara.

Firefighters responded to the building located at 26 West Arrellaga Street around 5:25 a.m.

At arrival, crews saw smoke showing from the second story apartment. Minutes after arrival, the front window of the apartment blew out which caused heavy fire to come from the unit.

Firefighters pursued an aggressive attack on the fire and was able to control the fire within 15 minutes.

Two residents were inside the apartment when the fire happened but they were able to escape due to the smoke detector going off.

Fire officials say the quick response by firefighters stopped the fire damage to one apartment but several other units suffered from water and smoke damage.

There were no reported injuries.

Displaced residents were helped by the American Red Cross.

In their investigation, they found that the fire was caused by a malfunctioning wall heater. The damage is estimated at $250,000.

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