Firefighters contain blaze in 83-year-old Pismo Beach building

A fire in an 83-year-old building in downtown Pismo Beach damaged some of its 11 apartments and displaced residents of three apartments, Cal Fire officials said Monday night.

Those residents will be assisted by the Red Cross, Fire Prevention Officer Tina Rose said. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported at 6 p.m. at 655 Dolliver St. when black smoke was seen coming out of the back of the 24,000-square-foot structure.

Firefighters contained the fire at 7:30 p.m. A damage estimate was not available.

Pismo Beach resident Don Day, who has owned the building since 1984, said the fire started in Manakin Tattoo, located at 649 Dolliver St., and then spread.

That business had heavy smoke and fire damage and will be closed temporarily, Rose said. A pet shop located on the first floor of the two-story building had water damage, she said. A third commercial space on the first floor had water damage but is vacant.

Residents of eight apartments along Pomeroy Street were able to return to their homes Monday night, Rose said.

Firefighters rescued two dogs from the pet shop and one resident’s cat, she said.

Fifty fire personnel fought the blaze, including firefighters from Cal Fire; the Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach and Oceano fire department; and the San Luis Obispo Fire Department.