Investigators were working Thursday morning to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a small, single-story rental home and displaced an elderly couple in Grover Beach.
According to Five Cities Fire Authority officials, the fire began in a back bedroom of the home on the 500 block of North Second Street around 7:40 a.m.
Two Five Cities Fire Authority engines and one Cal Fire engine responded to the scene, and the fire was extinguished by 8:10 a.m., but fire personnel and investigators remained on scene to monitor the property.
No one was injured, though two elderly residents were displaced from the property. The Red Cross has been contacted and will assist the couple in securing temporary shelter.
While firefighters were combating the blaze, the residents reported that their family pet, a dog, could not be located, and fire crews conducted a search. The dog was later found about a block away.
Investigators say the fire appears to have started in a back bedroom at the southwest corner of the home, according to a Five Cities Fire news release. Ladder crews accessed the roof and cut ventilation holes to release the smoke and heat. The fire was eventually stopped from spreading at the threshold of the back bedroom.