Pismo Beach apartment fire destroys unit, displaces residents

Two Pismo Beach residents were left homeless after their apartment was destroyed in a Sunday night structure fire.

Fire crews were dispatched at 7:30 p.m. to an apartment building at 423 Westpoint Drive, said Chris Elms, a Cal Fire spokesman.

The unit on fire was on the middle level of the building, between garages on the ground floor and another row of units toward the top of the structure, Elms said.

Two residents were home at the time of the fire, and one was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, he said. Residents living on the top floor of the building were also evacuated, Elms said.

The apartment that caught fire was destroyed, and the unit above sustained some smoke damage, he said. Fire crews cleared the scene of the blaze at 11:23 p.m.

City officials are assessing the structural integrity of the building to make sure it’s inhabitable, Elms said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, immigration and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She also covers northern San Luis Obispo County city governments and school districts. Lindsey joined The Tribune in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. She’s a native Californian raised in the Midwest and is a proud graduate of two Chicago schools: DePaul University and Northwestern University.