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.
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.