Los Osos fire starts in motor home, spreads to structures, vehicles

mfountain@thetribunenews.comApril 22, 2014 

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: The cause of a fire in Los Osos that began in a motor home was mechanical, according to a Cal Fire spokesperson.

The fire, fueled by five- to 10-mile-per-hour northwesterly winds, spread to a number of neighboring structures, causing approximately $100,000 in damage, said Es Berliner, public information officer for Cal Fire.

It was not immediately clear what the various outbuildings were used for.

Winds also caused a number of small spot fires in vegetation near neighboring residences, but crews from Cal Fire and the Morro Bay Fire Department were able to put them out before any homes were damaged.

Berliner said the investigation into the fire was still ongoing Tuesday night, but preliminary information indicated that the owners of the motor home had sold the vehicle and were conducting repairs prior to the new owner arriving to pick it up.

The blazes were put out by 2:45 p.m. No one was injured.

Original story: Several structures and vehicles caught fire Tuesday afternoon after flames spread from a burning motor home near the corner of Sage Avenue and Hollister Lane in Los Osos.

There were initially reports of explosions, according to Cal Fire. Smoke could be seen as far away as San Luis Obispo.

At about 1:52 p.m., Cal Fire responded to a report of a motor home on fire. When units arrived, the fire had spread to several outbuildings and vehicles and was beginning to spread into the vegetation.

PG&E crews arrived at scene to shut off power to the area.

According to Cal Fire, 10 people have been evacuated, but no other evacuations are expected.

The California Highway Patrol also arrived at the scene to assist with traffic.

As of 2:45 p.m., Cal Fire reported the fire was contained.

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