SLO County Roundup


A fire reported about 6 a.m. Thursday gutted a side building at an oceanfront motel.

One firefighter went to the hospital with a back injury; he was treated and released. Property damage was estimated at $100,000.

The detached 800-square-foot building in the 6600 block of Moonstone Beach Drive was used for storage, putting together breakfasts and as a laundry.

Firefighters said they haven’t yet determined the fire’s cause. When they arrived, according to Cambria fire Chief Mark Miller, flames filled the side building and had broken through the small building’s southern eave.

Castle Inn owners Ed and Diane Maher said the two rooms nearest the fire were vacant Wednesday night.

Some of the guests in the eight occupied rooms of the two-story motel said they were roused by a female guest from another motel who happened to be taking her morning walk along the scenic drive. She banged on doors, yelling, “Fire! Get out!”

— Kathe Tanner

San Luis Obispo

Developers of buildings that reach higher than 50 feet tall will pay an additional cost to subsidize the city’s purchase of a $1.04 million, 100-foot-tall ladder truck for the Fire Department, the City Council decided.

Currently, the city has a 75-foot-tall ladder truck, but with changes allowing taller buildings, the Fire Department advised that it would need a taller ladder.

The council decided Tuesday that developers will pay an additional $1.89 per square foot for spaces above 50 feet in height. The current proposals for large projects downtown break down this way:

— Sally Connell


Nipomo’s 12th annual Fun Run will be held Saturday at Nipomo Community Park.

Proceeds from the event benefit youth programs in Nipomo. The park is at 255 Pomeroy Road, off Tefft Street.

The event includes a four-mile run, a two-mile walk and a half-mile kids’ run (for children younger than 12).

The cost to preregister is $12 for adults (which includes a T-shirt and goodie bag) and $6 for kids. On the day of the race, the cost goes up to $15 for adults and $8 for kids.

Registration at the park’s softball field is from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m., with the four-mile run starting at 9 a.m. and the other events shortly thereafter. All entries will receive a raffle ticket, and a drawing will be held before the race.

For more information, call 473-5560.

— Nick Wilson