Smoke from San Luis Sourdough gets a rise out of onlookers

A change in the type of oil used to bake bread at San Luis Obispo Sourdough near Tank Farm Road caused a false alarm that brought several fire trucks to the business Wednesday morning.

The report of a structure fire led San Luis Obispo fire officials to the scene of smoke rising from the building at 3877 Long Street. The call was reported at 9:51 a.m., said San Luis Obispo Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Hogan.

But company officials said the bread makers were using a new oil that created more steam than usual, creating a billow that attracted the attention of onlookers and nearby workers.

Fire officials spent about 30 minutes investigating the report and say the steam may continue the next day or two, but that it’s nothing to cause concern.

-Nick Wilson