A fire that broke out Thursday behind the nonprofit Exploration Station in Grover Beach caused $10,000 worth of damage to two structures, Five Cities Fire Authority Chief Mike Hubert said.
Officials said the fire, which started at 10:54 a.m. at 867 Ramona Ave., appeared to have started where a pile of computers and televisions had been stored outside the building, waiting to be picked up to be recycled.
The flames spread to an adjacent wall and damaged part of a fence and nearby structure connected to the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 845 Ramona Ave. That building had $5,000 worth of damage, Hubert said, as did the Exploration Station.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said.
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The Exploration Station offers revolving science exhibits, interactive displays, and weekly activities for families. It also holds adult computer classes and refurbishes donated computers for children.
A post on the nonprofit organization’s Facebook page notes that it plans to reopen to the public next week. To donate money toward the cost of cleanup and repairs, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 473-1421 or go to www.explorationstation.org.