Small fire damages Isla Vista apartment balcony

No injuries reported from occupied building

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - An early morning fire damaged an Isla Vista apartment balcony and set off alarms.

It happened just after 5 a.m. Saturday at 6613 Del Playa Drive.

Santa Barbara County fire sent several engines to the scene.  The Sheriff's department also sent deputies from the Foot Patrol office nearby.

Fire crews found some items on the balcony burning, and the living area charged with smoke.   The building was occupied.

There were no known injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

On a social media page a message from Austin Winnett read in part, "Had we not had someone sleeping on our couch to get all of us out, the fire would have  easily engulfed the door and been much worse."


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