Fire crews stopped a condo fire in Carpinteria Wednesday morning as it was starting to get into the walls, attic, and possibly several of the adjacent units.
The crews on-scene said that over eight units were threatened, and smoke was coming out of the upper story when they arrived on Palmetto Way.
They found and stopped the fire inside the wall, and ventilated the units.
Some residents, as well as two pets, evacuated.
Fire crews were positioned on the roof ready to open it up with chainsaws for ventilation, though that did not become necessary.
Initial reports are that the fire started where workers had recently been.
Because of the fire's potential to spread, Carpinteria called in backup help, with crews coming in from Montecito, the city of Santa Barbara bringing a ladder truck and a fire engine, and Ventura County bringing an engine up from the Rincon.