Fire destroys Arroyo Grande Boy Scouts buildings

Arroyo Grande police say they are investigating an early Sunday morning fire that burned town the Boy Scouts buildings in the city’s Village area.

About 4:20 a.m., police and Five Cities Fire Authority found the two main buildings at 490 E. Cherry Ave. engulfed.Both were totally destroyed, according to the Arroyo Grande Police Department.

A historic truck that had been loaned to the Boy Scouts that was parked next to one of the buildings was damaged severely, police said.

One of the buildings was the toop hall for Boy Scouts Troop 413. Scouting’s Los Padres Council established that troop in 1946, and it’s the oldest one in San Luis Obispo County, according to its website.

The troop hall is a former one-room schoolhouse, owned by and provided to the Scouts by the Japanese Cultural Society of the Five Cities. The website describes how its inside walls were covered with decades of Scouting memorabilia.

Troop leaders could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Authorities evacuated two homes next to the Scouts property because they were close to the fire, police said.Those homes sustained only minor heat damage, and nobody was hurt, police said.

Authorities don’t know what caused the fire, which is being investigated by the Arroyo Grande Police Department’s arson investigator, who is also a member of the San Luis Obispo Fire Investigation Strike Team — SLOFIST.

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