MONTECITO, CA – 9/26/16; 7:39 P.M. – The Montecito Fire Protection District responded to a reported fire alarm coming from Page Hall, on the Westmont College campus. While responding, the call was upgraded to a structure fire.
Upon arrival, Montecito Fire personnel reported light smoke coming from the three story dormitory building, and immediately requested a second alarm response due to the large life hazard. The first engine reported heavy smoke in the second floor of the building. Students were evacuated from the building, while firefighters located the seat of the fire in the storage room by the stairwell. The fire was contained to the area of origin due to the fire sprinkler system, and was controlled at 6:15 P.M.
Responding agencies included Montecito Fire, Carpinteria-Summerland Fire, Santa Barbara City Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, Santa Barbara County Sheriffs and American Medical Response.
There was one minor burn patient, who was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.