A small fire ignited when a burning car struck the corner of a house on the 2700 block of Williams Way, near the border of the city of Santa Barbara and an unincorporated area of the county, on Friday night.
A resident of the house was about half a block away from home when his car suddenly caught fire. He lost control of the vehicle and crashed, spreading the fire to the house and the trees in the yard. SB County Fire Dept. on-call Office of Emergency Services Supervisor Rich Abrams said the driver crashed into his own home.
County firefighters responded to the fire at about 11 p.m. The three engines present doused the fire by 11:11 p.m. The combination of the crash and fire resulted in about $5,000 in damage and the complete destruction of the car. No injuries to the driver, his family or any firefighters were reported.
Abrams praised firefighters for keeping the fire damage to a minor level.
“Quick action by fire services saved the house and the neighboring areas,” he said.
Since the fire was caused by a vehicular accident, the California Highway Patrol is presently investigating the incident. The CHP, however, could not be reached for comment.