Fire breaks out in self-storage unit

Smoke filled more than a dozen self-storage units in Atascadero Monday when a pickup backfired and ignited a garage.

The fire spread to five additional units at the Stow-It Mini Storage facility at 5355 Traffic Way about 11:30 a.m., Atascadero Fire Capt. Bill White said. Firefighters from Atascadero, County/Cal Fire and Templeton Fire Department responded to the blaze, which took more than two hours to extinguish.

No injuries were reported but smoke filled 12 additional storage units, White said. Damage to the structure was estimated at $100,000. The circumstances remained under investigation Monday.

-- Stephen Curran