Five Cities Fire was first called to the home at 7:51 a.m., according to a news release. When the first fire engines arrived, flames were already tearing through both floors of the two-story home.
Initial reports show the fire started in a game room downstairs. The homeowner told firefighters he heard the smoke alarm and went down to investigate. He saw the flames and got a hose to try to extinguish the fire, but it spread too quickly. With the help of his 15-year-old son, they evacuated their family, which included visiting relatives. In all, there were seven people in the home, including small children and adults. All were evacuated safely. Firefighters, led by Capt. Craig Angello, were able to enter the upper floor at the back of the home and retrieve some personal belongings, including a diamond wedding ring, wallet, ID, a hope chest and some family photo albums. Most of the other items in the house are expected to be a total loss. Smoke from the fire was visible from Avila Beach, as the home was located on top of a hill and wind carried the smoke for miles. The fire burned heavily for more than an hour and it took crews more than two hours to put out the flames. The Red Cross is helping the family. Fire investigators are still working to determine the exact cause and origin of the fire. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene and returned to duty. No other injuries were reported.
According to Five Cities Fire Authority, a fire ripped through a two-story home on Platino Lane at about 9 a.m., requiring the assistance of seven fire engines from the fire authority and Cal Fire as well as 27 firefighters.
The blaze was extinguished by 10:30 a.m., but the residence was a total loss, according to Peter Klein, spokesman for Five Cities Fire Authority.
Staff of the American Red Cross were on scene Monday morning to help the family find temporary shelter.
There were no injuries in the incident.
Initial investigation indicated the fire began in a game room on the first floor of the residence. The cause is still under investigation.