Fire in Arroyo Grande Village prompts evacuations, road closure

mfountain@thetribunenews.comJune 4, 2014 

Fire crews extinguished a small blaze behind businesses in the Arroyo Grande Village on Wednesday afternoon after construction crews operating a concrete saw accidentally ignited brush.

According to Five Cities Fire Authority spokesman Peter Klein, at approximately 4 p.m., sparks from a concrete saw ignited vegetation near the Arroyo Grande Creek behind businesses at the 120 block of West Branch Street.

Klein said people were evacuated from surrounding areas, and West Branch Street remained blocked off by the Arroyo Grande Police Department as fire crews battled the blaze.

Three Five Cities Fire Authority engines responded to the scene, as well as three engines total from Cal Fire and the Pismo Beach Fire Department.

Klein said cool temperatures and the lack of warm winds were an important factor in extinguishing the fire. Because of the proximity to the Arroyo Grande Creek, crews used water and ecologically friendly foam.

When the fire was cleared at about 5 p.m., the building had only sustained minor damage, though Klein did not have a dollar amount for the damages.

No one was injured in the fire.

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