Three adults and two children escaped unharmed from a fire that officials say was intentionally set at a historic home in downtown San Luis Obispo early Thursday morning.
Firefighters were called to 535 Islay Street at 1:17 a.m., according to a press release from the SLO City Fire Department. The first unit to arrive found a small blaze in the exterior wall of the 6,000 square foot, three-story residence.
The people inside the home smelled smoke coming through an open skylight and evacuated before firefighters arrived, according to the news release. The home also had working smoke detectors.
The owner of the home was trying to extinguish the fire with a garden hose when firefighters arrived. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the remaining flames and had it controlled 8 minutes after the 911 call.
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Damage to the structure was estimated to be $5,000.
According to Fire Marshal Roger Maggio, the fire was intentionally set with combustible materials found on the property, which were then lit and placed against the exterior of the home. Anyone with information is asked to call the fire marshal at 781-7386.