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Man dies in Shell Beach apartment fire

One person died in a house fire on Esparto Avenue in Shell Beach on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
One person died in a house fire on Esparto Avenue in Shell Beach on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

A middle-aged man died in a fire that burned a two-story home converted into apartments in Shell Beach on Thursday evening, Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms said.

Cal Fire responded to the fire on Esparto Avenue about 5:37 p.m. and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the second story, Elms said. Firefighters made an interior attack on the structure, knocking down the fire “fairly fast,” Elms said. Within 30 minutes, the fire had been extinguished.

Most of the top floor was destroyed in the fire. No one else was injured, Elms said.

The fire is under investigation by Cal Fire and the Pismo Beach Police Department.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Megan Henney: 805-781-7915, @megan_henney

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