San Luis Obispo City Fire Department and Cal Fire personnel responded to a reported structure fire at Stenner Glen Student Housing Complex, 1050 Foothill Blvd, in San Luis Obispo at 11:02 am Saturday. The first arriving SLO City Fire Department unit found a rapidly spreading fire involving a 3rd floor apartment with heavy fire involvement in two of the six bedrooms in the suite.
Stenner Glen staff, resident advisors, and SLOPD officers were able to successfully evacuate the 20 occupants from the involved building and a similar number of occupants from the adjacent threatened building.
The fire was quickly and aggressively attacked with multiple hose lines, and two of the six bedrooms as well as common areas were spared significant fire damage. The adjacent structure was also protected from any fire damage by timely deployment of additional hose lines. Control was achieved within 25 minutes of the initial 9-1-1 call.
Operations utilized to control the incident included: aggressive interior fire attack, roof ventilation, interior search, exposure protection, shut down of the power utilities, extensive overhaul, and salvage of valuables from the uninvolved bedrooms.
Stenner Glen was able to provide temporary housing on-site for all of its displaced tenants. No injuries occurred to any of the occupants. One firefighter was injured by a ceiling, which collapsed during fire attack operations and was transported to a local ER by San Luis Ambulance. He was treated and released.
The property loss/damage to the structure is estimated at over $150,000. The loss/damage to contents and personal belongings is estimated at over $25,000.
According to Fire Investigator Dennis Byrnes, the fire started in an unoccupied bedroom. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The bedrooms did have working smoke detectors present when the fire was discovered. An activated smoke detector successfully alerted a sleeping resident in the bedroom next to the room where the fire started. The public is reminded to ensure their place of residence has a working smoke detector present.