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Storage yard fire damages outside materials

By Claire Scholl, NewsChannel 3 Assignment Editor, assignmentdesk@keyt.com
John Palminteri, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Senior Reporter, johnp1250@aol.com
Published On: Apr 09 2013 05:23:57 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 06 2013 10:55:28 AM CDT

Smoke and flames shot up from a Santa Barbara storage yard near the waterfront.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The cause of a storage yard fire near the Santa Barbara waterfront is under investigation.

The fire started at 1:20 p.m. near the railroad tracks between Garden and Santa Barbara streets. Officials reported that smoke was seen from blocks away.

Santa Barbara City Fire officials said crews quickly put out the fire since it was contained to the exterior of the yard.  "Access was a little challenging," said Santa Barbara City Fire Captain Gary Pitney. "There was a locked gate and there was a couple of different ways to come at this fire."

Items burned included stacks of roofing shingles and other stored materials. The flames were also near a boat.

Fire investigators interviewed property owners and witnesses to figure out why the fire started.

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