updated: Feb 27, 2013, 8:59 AM
Source: San Luis Obispo Fire Dept
Small Residential Structure Fire in San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo - San Luis Obispo City Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure
fire at 552 Westmont Ave in the City of San Luis Obispo at 4:17pm earlier today. The first arriving SLO
City Fire Department unit found a small room and contents fire in a 1,200 square foot single story
duplex residential unit with the next door neighbor attempting to extinguish the deep seated fire
through the front door with a garden hose. She had been alerted to the fire by the sound of an activated
smoke detector. The two occupants of the involved unit were not home at the time the fire was
The remaining fire was quickly extinguished and overhauled by the first arriving fire department unit.
Control was achieved within 8 minutes of the initial 9-1-1 call. The City responded a battalion chief, a
ladder truck, and two fire engines. Cal Fire also responded an engine and a battalion chief as part of the
automatic aid agreement. Fire investigators were also requested and responded.
Operations utilized to control the incident were fire attack, interior search, shut down of the power
utilities, and ventilation. The American Red Cross also responded and is providing temporary housing
and assistance to the two displaced occupants.
No injuries occurred to the occupants or firefighters. The property loss/damage to the structure and
contents is estimated at over $20,000. According to Fire Marshal Roger Maggio the fire started in the
living room on a low table and burned completely through the floor. The cause of the fire appears to be
accidental/unintentional. The residence did have a working smoke detector according to fire
The public is reminded to ensure their place or residence or employment has working smoke detectors
Please call Battalion Chief Jeff Gater at 805-540-9361 with any questions or
***** Smoke detectors save lives, test yours every month *****
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