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Dahlia fire

A home in the 800 block of Dahlia Place in Orcutt home was damaged Tuesday after a fire broke out in a garage that had been converted to a bedroom.

Several neighbors helped keep flames from spreading at an Orcutt home Tuesday after a fire broke out in a converted garage while the homeowner was asleep.

Around 7:35 a.m., Santa Barbara County Fire responded after receiving a report of smoke coming from a residence in the 800 block of Dahlia Place, said Dave Zaniboni, a Fire Department spokesman.

Upon arriving, firefighters saw smoke coming from the home and made their way inside, Zaniboni said. The fire was found in a garage that had been converted into a bedroom, and firefighters kept the flames from spreading to the rest of the home.

The owner was asleep when the fire broke out but was awoken by neighbors who saw smoke, Zaniboni said.

“They got him out of the house before firefighters arrived, along with two dogs and two cats.”

Adam Flores, one of the neighbors who alerted the homeowner to the fire, was meeting Tuesday morning with the employees of his construction business, Patch Adam's Plastering.

"We ended up getting outside and my son had originally smelled some stuff in the air, but we couldn't see anything," Flores said. "Then a truck stopped by and said, 'Hey, is that a fire over there?' When I looked, I immediately ran across the street."

Flores' son, Vallen, along with his employees Jeff Pulliam and Geraldo Estrada, knocked on the door to no answer, he said. 

"We jumped the fence, pounded on windows to see if anyone was in there," said Flores, adding they had to break windows to get inside. "Meanwhile, the guys got hoses and I got a hose in my hand to try and get the fire out. It all happened immediately."

The group called the Fire Department and kept water on the flames to keep it contained until firefighters arrived, Flores said.

"The main concern was the fire was by the gas meter and so we had to make sure that wasn't going to get hot." 

The were no injuries, Zaniboni said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Razi Syed covers city government for the Santa Maria Times. He is a graduate of Fresno State University and New York University.