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Arroyo Grande family escapes home uninjured after early morning fire

Fire officials are still investigating the cause of a fire at an Arroyo Grande home early this morning that caused an estimated $400,000 in damage.

The occupants, a mother and her two sons, were not injured in the fire, which started about 1:55 a.m. in the 1200 block of Cedar St., according to a news release from the Five Cities Fire Authority.

The fire authority received a report that the garage was engulfed in flames. Arroyo Grande police officers were the first to arrive and went inside the home to make sure all of its occupants were out safely.

They told firefighters that the fire was traveling into the main residence, according to Battalion Chief Riki Heath. Firefighters, with assistance from Cal Fire, used a ladder truck and a hand-held hose to extinguish the blaze.

They also carried personal belongings out of the home and tried to salvage as much as possible, he wrote in the news release.

The American Red Cross will provide assistance and shelter to the family. The fire was reportedly controlled at 2:38 a.m. and the incident ended about 8:20 a.m.

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