A two-alarm fire at 6622 Del Playa Drive Sunday evening left eight students without a place to live for at least two days.
The fire was reported to the Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. at 6:19 p.m. A female resident of the two-story building was asleep in her first floor apartment when she woke up to get a glass of water from the kitchen and saw a glow and heard flames in her roommates’ bedroom, SB County Fire Dept. spokesman Charlie Johnson said. She did not enter the bedroom and instead exited the building.
“She was very fortunate that she woke up when she did. She was smart and didn’t open the door, but grabbed her cell phone and called 911,” Johnson said.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but damage appears to have been confined to the rear bedroom on the first floor, Johnson said.
“There is significant fire damage to the first floor,” he said.
The SB County Fire Dept. investigator will begin looking for the cause of the fire today.
Residents of the first floor, where the fire originated, will not be able to return to their apartment until it is renovated, but residents living in the second story apartment might be able to return after a couple of days, Johnson said.
The Red Cross has been notified of the displaced residents and will help to provide temporary housing for them.