SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - ---UPDATE---
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department says the fire that displaced three people from their apartments in the 3700 block of Greggory Way in Santa Barara was accidental in nature.
Fire Officials say the cause of the fire is still under investigation but confirm that the nature of the fire was accidental.
Firefighters mounted an aggressive attack on a blaze that broke out Friday shortly before 10:30 a.m. in the 3700 block of Greggory Way in Santa Barbara.
The fire was in a second story apartment unit and firefighters were able to contain it to that apartment.
Officials say the fire may have started inside one of the bedrooms. No one was injured. The residents of the apartment were evacuated. Additional evacuations were ordered for the neighboring units, fire officials say, but the only damage was to the apartment where the fire started.
"One mobility challenged female occupant was alerted by her smoke detector at the time of the fire," said a news release from the Santa Barbara City Fire Department. "A Good Samaritan called 911 and helped the elderly occupant leave her apartment. She then assisted with evacuation of the apartment unit below the fire."
On the scene, Engineer Rich Griguoli said "we need to make sure the adjacent units are evacuated, we need to make sure the unit involved is evacuated and so that requires additional work from our firefighters."
The fire attack was direct and targeted with ladders on the side of the building and hose lines up the stairs. "They did a really good job in being aggressive and confining it and keeping it from getting into the adjacent units," said Griguoli.
A passerby Cyndie Young said she saw the fire, turned her car around and called it in with a specific address she located on her phone. But the flames were growing, "as soon as I got here the fire just exploded. I mean I was just that close. Huge flames and popping sounds," she said. The resident told Young the fire was in a guest bedroom.
Young got the resident to a safe area and into her car away from the scene.
Santa Barbara City firefighters were assisted by personnel from Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the Montecito Fire Protection District. Santa Barbara police assisted with traffic control and evacuations.
Three people are reportedly displaced as a result of the fire and the Red Cross is assisting them.
Southern California Edison was called to help manage utilities at the apartment complex.
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department reminds residents to check their smoke detectors regularly and change the batteries when they change the clocks.