UPDATE: Hot ashes left in trash bin caused fire that damaged Paso Robles home


A fire that damaged a Paso Robles home early Monday morning was caused by hot ashes left in a trash bin, according to fire officials.

The trash bin was placed near the exterior wall of the garage at 1532 Country Club Drive. according to officials. After the hot ashes ignited rubbish in the bin, flames spread into the attic portion of the garage.

Total loss was estimated at $150,000; with $100,000 in property damage and $50,000 in contents. An estimated $350,000 worth of property and contents were saved.

No one was injured in the fire. The occupants had been sleeping when it broke out, but were able to escape after the smoke detectors went off.

Fire officials are also reminding that fireplace ash can remain hot for several days, and should be disposed of in a metal container that can be tightly closed. Ashes should also be doused with water and the closed container should be placed outside, away from combustible materials.

Original story:

A sleeping family was able to escape unharmed from their Paso Robles home early Monday morning after their smoke alarm alerted them to a fire.

The fire at 1532 Country Club Drive was reported at 4:02 a.m., according to a news release from the Paso Robles fire department. Firefighters arrived within four minutes and found flames coming through the roof of the garage attached to the home.

The occupants of the home had already gotten outside.

Firefighters were able to confine the blaze to the garage, and it was under control by 4:34.

No one was injured during the incident.

The cause of the fire and total loss are under investigation.