Fire breaks out in student housing near Cal Poly

Officials are calling the blaze suspicious; incident threatened a 54-unit structure

San Luis Obispo - The TribuneJanuary 6, 2013 

Firefighters saved a 54-unit Cal Poly student housing building Sunday from what the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department is calling a “suspicious” fire that began on top of a mattress in a vacant, locked bedroom.

Twenty-five emergency personnel responded to reports of smoke just after noon to Stenner Glen Apartments at 1050 Foothill Ave., where they found thick, black smoke billowing from a bedroom window on the second floor of Tower 7. The fire could have spread to multiple units of the building, according to a news release issued by the Fire Department.

Firefighters said it was difficult to navigate the complex, which has 11 towers of three stories each, but they pulled a firetruck into the pool area and used a hose to extinguish the fire at the bedroom where it started.

No one was injured, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Battalion Chief Neal Berryman said that, because there was very little in the room, it is “hard to make a guess” about the cause, but at this point, he believes a person may have been in the room when it started, possibly smoking or using matches.

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