San Luis Obispo City Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure fire at 4353 Vachell Lane in the City of San Luis Obispo at 7:13 last night. The first arriving SLO City Fire Department unit found a rapidly spreading fire involving a 2,000 square foot four bedroom single-story residence, an attached 600 square foot garage, a storage shed, and 2 vehicles. The garage, shed, and vehicles were fully involved, and the residence was 50% involved according to the initial condition report. A SLO County Sheriff deputy on patrol in the area arrived just prior to the fire units and was able to successfully evacuate the 5 occupants from the involved residence and 4 occupants from a nearby threatened home.
The fire was attacked on all four sides and three of the four bedrooms were spared significant fire damage. The nearby residence was also protected from any fire damage by timely deployment of multiple hose lines. Control was achieved within 25 minutes of the initial 9-1-1 call.
The American Red Cross also responded and is providing temporary housing and assistance to the displaced occupants.
No injuries occurred to the occupants or firefighters. The property loss/damage to the structures, vehicles, and contents is estimated at over $350,000. According to Fire Investigator Dennis Byrnes the fire started in the garage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The residence did not have working smoke detectors according to the occupants.