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Fireplace ashes start shrub fire in Santa Barbara

By John Palminteri, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Senior Reporter, johnp1250@aol.com
Published On: Feb 26 2013 08:54:45 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 26 2013 11:07:41 PM CST

Flames came out dangerously close to a Santa Barbara Home when a morning fire broke on El Prado Place in the Samarkand area.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Firefighters saved a Santa Barbara home from flames that erupted from a bag of ashes left in a garden.

The fire broke out this morning on El Prado Place (near Oak Park.) The homeowner said he thought the ashes from a weekend fire in his fireplace were cold when he placed them there.

There was an apparent hot ember inside and that's what investigators believe started the shrubs on fire. Flames came very close to the home but there was no significant damage.

Santa Barbara County and City firefighters were on the scene to stop the fire and protect the structure.

No one was hurt.

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