Trending Topics

4 Calif. FDs face several burning structures at construction site

Two houses were destroyed and two others damaged during a fire at a construction site in San Luis Obispo

By Kaytlyn Leslie
The Tribune

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — San Luis Obispo City Fire Chief Todd Tuggle said the fire at San Luis Ranch completely destroyed two homes, wrecked half of another and then did some exterior damage to a fourth Tuesday night.

“Everything that was impacted was under construction,” he said from the scene. There were no reported injuries.

Tuggle said the two-alarm fire started just after 7 p.m. and was contained within about 20 minutes of crews arriving on the scene.

In total, he said there were about 10 or 11 units at the scene to battle the blaze, including crews from Atascadero, Pismo Beach and CAL FIRE.

“Lots of help came to the city at a time when we needed it,” he said. “And we appreciate that effort.”

Tuggle noted there was initially some trouble getting water to fight the fire as the hydrant closest to the buildings wasn’t charged. Other hydrants nearby were in working order however, he said.

“We are unsure why that was the case,” Tuggle said, noting that would likely be a part of the further investigation as they now look into the cause of the fire.

According to Tuggle, it was not immediately clear what may have caused the fire.

“Houses under construction do not have power or gas supplied to them yet, so there is good reason to do a thorough investigation on the cause since we don’t have an obvious source of ignition at this point,” he said.

It’s time to go beyond the free-flowing storytelling to maximize our after-action reviews

He urged anyone with information on the cause of the fire to call the Fire Department’s non-emergency line at 805-781-7380.

Tuggle said crews were likely to be in the area for several more hours Tuesday night to ensure there wasn’t any more burning material in the area.

(c)2024 The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Visit The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) at
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Mutual-Aid Resources