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.
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The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.
A post on the organization’s Facebook page notes that it plans to be open to the public again next week. To donate money toward the cost of cleanup and repairs, e-mail email@example.com, call 473-1421 or go to www.explorationstation.org.
— Cynthia Lambert
KCBX, San Luis Obispo County’s public radio station, has been awarded a grant for nearly $60,000 from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting.
The grant will help increase the station’s digital signal within its current analog coverage area. KCBX will use the funding to buy and install new equipment that will increase the digital power level by at least four times its current power level, according to Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, who announced the grant.
“Public radio provides such a critical service to our local communities, and this investment will allow our great station to better serve its listeners,” Capps said.
Frank Lanzone, KCBX president and general manager, said the grant, along with locally raised funds, will improve the station’s HD signal to the San Luis Obispo area and provide an improved signal and new HD service to northern San Luis Obispo County and southern Monterey County.
— Bob Cuddy