Cigarettes caused house fire in Paso Robles, officials say

newsroom@thetribunenews.comJanuary 28, 2013 

UPDATE 4:25 p.m.: Improperly disposed cigarettes caused the fire that damaged a Paso Robles home on Sunday night, according to fire inspectors with the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services.

Cigarettes tossed in a trash container at the back of the residence ignited other trash before igniting the container itself, the department said in a news release.

Flames then spread to the exterior wall of the house and into the attic, fire inspectors said.

The total loss was estimated at $123,000.

A total of 15 firefighters from the Department of Emergency Services, the Atascadero Fire Department and CalFire/SLO County Fire responded to the blaze.

Original story: A home in Paso Robles was damaged by a fire Sunday night.

Firefighters were called to the home at 3243 Oak Street at 10:38 p.m., according to a news release from the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services. Arriving firefighters saw flames coming from the back corner of the house.

Firefighters stretched hoses into the home and were able to contain the fire to the rear of the residence, according to the news release.

Two people home at the time of the fire were able to get out safely before firefighters arrived.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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