A three-story house has been reduced to scorched rubble after a major fire in Summerland.

The fire broke out around 7 in the evening Tuesday.

It could be seen for miles, as winds in excess of 40 miles per hour whipped up the flames.

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Work to replace a half century old fire station on the South Coast kicked off today.

A new 15,000 square foot Ventura County Fire Department facility is being built in Fillmore. The $8.3 million dollar building will be on a nearly three acre lot at the intersection of Highway 126, and C Street. It will house three trucks and have living quarters for nine firefighters.

It will replace a fire station on Old Telegraph Road in Fillmore built in 1952. The new station is expected to be ready for use in early 2018.

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PG and E’s proposal to close the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant by 2025 will be the focus of some hearings in San Luis Obispo this week.

The State Public Utilities Commission will hold a pair of what it’s calling Public Participation Hearings on Thursday. PG&E worked out a plan with the support of some environmental groups calling for the plant to remain open for the next few years, while a plan is developed for its shutdown by 2025.

(Santa Barbara Fire Department photo)

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.

A woman was struck and killed by a passenger train in Ventura County.

It happened just after 8 a.m. Tuesday, near High Street in Moorpark.  The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.  The circumstances behind the death are under investigation. 

More than 60 people were on board the Amtrak train, but no one was hurt. 

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department photo)

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say a search of a home in the foothills above Santa Barbara led to the discovery of a sophisticated and dangerous drug lab.

Six people were arrested at the home on the 5600 block of West Camino Cielo. Detectives say they found a butane honey oil lab, which uses a potentially explosive process to make a high end marijuana product.

It started out as a report of trespassing on the South Coast. But, police arriving at an Oxnard apartment discovered the body of a man who had been shot to death under what appeared to be suspicious circumstances.

After a three month long investigation, Oxnard Police are now calling the death of 24 year old Billy Navarro a homicide. Detectives aren’t talking about what they think happened, but say he was a former resident of the apartment on the 300 block of West Vineyard Avenue where his body was found July 3rd.

The Central and South Coasts got mostly light rainfall, but for most people it was a welcome change from the dry weather we’ve been having. Rainfall totals ranged from around a tenth of an inch up to nearly a full inch.

Here are some of the totals from the trio of cold front which moved through our region since Friday.:

Authorities are investigating the death of a Santa Barbara County jail inmate.

Sheriff’s Office officials say at around 4:30 Sunday afternoon, custody deputies found Hector Higareda unresponsive in his cell at the main county jail complex. Efforts by jail personnel and paramedics to resuscitate Higareda were unsuccessful.

The 38 year old Santa Maria man had been housed in a jail cell by himself. An autopsy is pending, but officials say it was a suicide. He was serving a year sentence related to a domestic dispute incident, and was scheduled to be released in December.

In one of the most contested races for the House of Representatives, the two candidates vying for the 24th district clashed in a spirited debate Sunday.

Democrat Salud Carbajal and Republican Justin Fareed fielded questions from community members and a panel of journalists.