One woman has died as a result of exposure to an early morning house fire today at a residence at 3918 Foothill Rd.
Investigators are currently looking into what caused the fire. County crews arrived at the scene at 3:16 a.m. this morning and found smoke billowing out of the front of the house. With the assistance of City of Santa Barbara firefighters, the crews managed to contain the blaze within 15 minutes and completely control it within an hour. One woman was found inside the house and was removed to safety outside, but emergency crews pronounced her dead at the scene. A release on the matter from County Fire spokesperson Captain Eli Iskow did not speculate what killed the woman nor what a financial estimate for fire-related damages might be. Iskow did note, however, that crews successfully rescued a dog from the burning home.
Iskow also pointed out that the one smoke alarm fire crews found did not have a battery in it and therefore did not warn the home’s occupant of the blaze.