Two fires singe South County

Two fires — one in Oceano, one in Grover Beach — kept Five Cities Fire Authority firefighters busy today in the southern part of the county.

A fire from a homeless camp burned part of a bridge along Highway 1 over the railroad in Oceano early this morning. Later in the day, firefighters responded to a fire at a small apartment above a restaurant along West Grand Avenue.

No injuries were reported in either incident; damage estimates were not immediately available.

About 5:30 a.m., firefighters received a report of a vegetation fire under the bridge on Highway 1 at south Fourth Street.

But when they arrived, they learned that the fire was actually burning part of the underside of the bridge, Battalion Chief Riki Heath said. It took firefighters three hours to completely extinguish it.

Heath said Caltrans was contacted; the bridge remains open to vehicles.

The second fire started about 1:15 p.m. when firefighters received a report of a commercial fire at the corner of West Grand Avenue and 11th Street.

Upon arrival, they determined the fire was not in the Villa Del Mar Mexican seafood restaurant, but in a studio apartment located on the second floor of the building and accessible by an exterior staircase.

The fire appeared to be electrical and may have started in one corner of the room in a unit that included a small refrigerator, microwave and television, fire Capt. Steve Whitney said.

It was not clear if the residents were home at the time, but someone was trying to put out the flames when firefighters arrived, he said.

An ambulance also responded to the fire but the residents declined medical aid, Heath said.