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Lompoc firefighters quickly put out fire at two-story apartment building

Only one unit damaged in Tuesday night fire

Lompoc firefighters quickly put out...

LOMPOC, Calif. - Lompoc firefighters worked quickly Tuesday night putting out a fire at six-unit, two-story apartment complex that had the potential to spread to several units.

Just before 7 p.m., Lompoc Fire received a 911 call reporting a fire at the corner of North L and West Maple Streets. 

It took only a few minutes for firefighters to arrive and begin working on the blaze located at an end unit on the second floor.

"We were very fortunate," said Lompoc Fire battalion chief Brian Federmann. "We had crews within four minutes pulling lines to the fire upon 911, which is a very response time for us. We were fortunate to have all our units available."

Within 10 minutes of arrival, firefighters had the fire under control.

"Crews were able to make an aggressive fire attack," said Federmann. "It was a transitional attack, having to knock the fire inside in order to make entry because the fire was coming out onto the stairwell."

The resident who lives in the apartment unit where the fire began was not home during the incident.

All of the other residents in the neighboring apartments were able to leave safely.

There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

"Damage was extensive to the fire involved apartment," Federmann said. "Minor water damage to the apartment complex below the fire. The four other units, the residents were able to re-occupy their homes at about 10:30 p.m."

Federmann estimated damages to the burned apartment to be $100,000. 

Lompoc Fire was assisted by crews from Santa Barbara County Fire and Vandenberg Fire during the response.

"That fire was moving very quickly and it really consumed the entire apartment," Federmann said. "But because of the aggressive fire attack by personnel, being able to stop the extension to the adjacent units definitely minimized the overall impacts to that neighborhood and all the those residents."

Federmann added the investigation is still ongoing by Lompoc Arson Investigators, with assistance from a Vandenberg Fire Arson Investigator. 

Anyone who might have information is asked to call the Lompoc Fire Department at (805) 736-4513.
 


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