Residents escape unharmed after fire at SLO home Sunday

newsroom@thetribunenews.comFebruary 25, 2013 

A San Luis Obispo home with no working smoke detectors was damaged in a fire Sunday evening. No one was hurt in the blaze.

The fire at 4353 Vachell Lane was reported at 7:13 p.m., according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department. When firefighters arrived they found two vehicles, a shed and a 600-square-foot garage in flames. About 50 percent of the 2,000-square-foot house was on fire.

A sheriff's deputy on patrol in the area had arrived before firefighters and evacuated five people from the home and four people from a nearby home.

Firefighters were able to spare three of the four bedrooms in the home from significant fire damage. The nearby residence was also protected.

The fire was controlled about 25 minutes after the initial 911 call, according to the press release.

The American Red Cross is providing temporary housing and assistance to the occupants displaced by the blaze.

The property loss and damage to the structures, vehicles and contents is estimated to be more than $350,000, according to officials. Fire Investigator Dennis Byrnes said the fire started in the garage, but the exact cause is still being investigated.

The residents said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

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