Fire Rips Through Del Playa Apartment

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Arturo Samaniego
National Beat Reporter

On Thursday night, firefighters responded to an Isla Vista apartment complex fire that was reported shortly before 9 p.m.

The fire occurred in a room of a second-floor apartment on the 6700 block of Del Playa. The fire was contained to a single apartment. Residents had already evacuated the building by the time firefighters had arrived and no other units were impacted, said Santa Barbara Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni to Noozhawk.

Bystanders also reported seeing flames shooting out of the building, requiring firefighters to cut a hole on the rooftop of the building for ventilation.

The American Red Cross is currently helping any displaced residents. The Isla Vista Tenants Union has also asked for any displaced tenants to reach out to them as soon as possible as they will be working with the UCSB Community Housing Office and Wolfe and Associates, the owners of the complex, to assist tenants in finding new housing.

Arturo Samaniego
Arturo began as a staff writer for TBL back in the Fall of 2016 of his Freshmen year. Over the four years, he has been part of TBL he has served as a national beat reporter, news editor, and managing editor for the 2019-2020 school year. Despite the countless hours he spent working to ensure that the paper put out quality content every week, Arturo will deeply miss being part of TBL and all the wonderful and amazing people he met along the way.