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Quick action credited with stopping blaze at Solvang restaurant

A fire damaged a Solvang restaurant Tuesday night.
Santa Barbara County Fire Department
A fire damaged a Solvang restaurant Tuesday night.

Stove accidentally left on was pinpointed by investigators as the cause of the fire at the Big Bopper Drive-In on Tuesday night.

Investigators say a commercial stove which was accidently left on caused a fire at a Central Coast restaurant.

It happened just after 10 p.m. Tuesday night, on the 1500 block of Mission Drive in Solvang.

A passerby saw flames and smoke coming from the Big Bopper Drive-In, a 50’s themed restaurant, and called 9-1-1.

Santa Barbara County firefighters were able to knock down the blaze in less than 15 minutes. They say the quick action by the passerby saved the restaurant.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.