Two dogs treated for smoke inhalation following home fire

Fire broke out at a downtown Santa Barbara cottage

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Santa Barbara City firefighters responded to a report of a fire at a cottage in the 300 block of Anacapa Street in the downtown area.

The fire occurred just before 3:30 p.m. Multiple fire engines responded to the scene, along with Santa Barbara police.

Firefighters reportedly pulled two dogs from the residence and treated them for smoke inhalation. Those dogs were then taken to a veterinarian by Animal Control.

According to witnesses, the two small dogs were found hiding in a bedroom closet.

The occupants of the home were not inside the residence at the time of the fire, according to fire officials. Good Samaritans nearby rushed to try to put out the flames with fire extinguishers.

The fire was contained to one room. 

Santa Barbara police assisted with traffic control--reportedly closing westbound traffic on Gutierrez Street.

The American Red Cross was called out to the scene to assist those living inside the residence. No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. It's unclear how much damage to the property the fire caused.

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