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Fire Hits South Coast Bus Maintenance Facility

(Santa Barbara Fire Department photo)
Fire hits MTD bus yeard in Santa Barbara

Two workers were treated on the scene for possible chemical exposure following a battery fire at a bus maintenance facility on the South Coast.

The fire happened at about 9:30 this morning at the Metropolitan Transit District yard on Olive Street in Santa Barbara. A bank of lithium-ion batteries in a covered outdoor location at the yard caught on fire.

Santa Barbara firefighters and MTD officials used hand trucks to separate the burning batteries to others nearby. The blaze was knocked down with fire extinguishers.

Investigators think water leaking through a metal roof onto the batteries might have shorted one of them, starting the fire.

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.