North County barn significantly damaged in fire Monday

North County fire crews put out a barn fire in the Garden Farms area outside Santa Margarita on Monday afternoon that caused significant damage to the structure, County/Cal Fire Dispatcher Karen Sullivan said.

The blaze, at Linden and Chestnut avenues, began around noon, she said. Crews were still on the scene two hours later.

The fire was kept to the second floor of the 3,000-square-foot barn, Sullivan said, and no injuries to people or animals were reported.

The cause and value of the damage is still unknown.

Crews from the County/Cal Fire Templeton branch, Atascadero Fire Department, Atascadero State Hospital and Santa Margarita Fire Department responded. -Tonya Strickland