Firefighters quickly had a house fire in Los Osos under control but then had to wait as it slowly burned for an additional hour after a downed power line blocked safe access to the rear of the structure.
Nobody was hurt in the blaze that was finally extinguished after utility crews shut off power to the building.
At about 3:30 p.m., Cal Fire received a report of a fire in the 1800 block of Eighth Street in Los Osos. Engines from Cal Fire and the Morro Bay Fire Department responded to the scene within minutes, finding the fire “well-established,” according to a Cal Fire spokeswoman. After initially suppressing the fire, firefighters discovered the downed power line.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., PG&E crews arrived and cut the power, and firefighters were then able to extinguish the remaining flames.
Cal Fire said an elderly woman was home during the fire but it was not immediately known if she was a resident. The Cal Fire spokeswoman said one person was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene but refused transport to a hospital.
The Red Cross responded to the home and will assist any displaced residents, she said.
PG&E confirmed Wednesday evening that electrical power was cut off to the home and that neighboring homes were not affected.
The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage to the home were not immediately known Wednesday evening.