Firefighters check the fire scene

Well - very well - roasted coffee causes equipment fire at SP business

September 15, 1999
Santa Paula News
Well - very well - roasted coffee brought out the Santa Paula Fire Department on Tuesday when a coffee roasting machine overheated. One off-duty paid call volunteer firefighter who responded to the fire was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. The incident occurred Sept. 14 at about 9:44 a.m., according to Cpt. Dan Campos of the Santa Paula Fire Department.Firefighters were summoned to Clean Foods, Inc., located at 760 E. Santa Maria St., in the airport area, after a report of a structure fire was received.Upon arrival, firefighters found that a coffee roasting machine - Clean Foods, Inc. is a packager or roasted coffee products - had overheated, and was belching out thick, black smoke.“The fire was contained to the coffee roasting machine, and apparently the reason it started was because the machine was set at a higher temperature. . .it couldn’t handle the load of coffee beans and it overheated,” said Cpt. Campos.Six full-time and six paid-call firefighters responded to the scene with three engines.Cpt. Steve Lazenby was treated on scene for minor smoke inhalation. “Cpt. Lazenby saw the head of smoke and headed to the fire,” said Cpt. Campos. “Cpt. Lazenby and Clean Foods’ employees fought the fire with extinguishers and a garden hose,” until SPFD firefighters arrived.
“Fortunately, it was just coffee bean smoke,” inhaled by Cpt. Lazenby, Cpt. Campos added.The fire was knocked down quickly and a positive pressure fan was used to clear the building area of smoke.The partially open structure was not damaged, as “there was more smoke generation than actual fire.” But a loss of under $500 is estimated to “pretty much just the product, it was toast,” Cpt. Campos added.

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