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Fire Under Highway 101 Disrupts Traffic In Santa Barbara; Body Found After Blaze Extinguished

Santa Barbara firefighters on scene of blaze under Highway 101. A body was later found in the pipe.

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to an early morning fire which disrupted traffic on a section of Highway 101 on the South Coast during the morning commute, one which may have caused a death.

Santa Barbara firefighters were called to the area of South Voluntario Street at around two a.m. Monday by reports of smoke. They found smoke coming from both sides of a drainage pipe on both side of the freeway.

The fire was knocked down in about 45 minutes, and put out around 90 minutes later. Firefighters searching the pipe then found a body inside.

There's no word yet on the cause of death, or the identity of the person. Traffic on the freeway was back to normal by mid-morning.

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.