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Cause of Paso fire being investigated

The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services is investigating the cause of a residential structure fire that took place early Sunday morning in a single-family home with no operational smoke detectors.

Thirteen firefighters with the department, County/Cal Fire and the Atascadero Fire Department responded to a home at 125 San Rafael in Paso Robles at 1:23 a.m. and found smoke and flames coming from the building’s attic, according to a news release.

The two occupants of the building were asleep at the time, but one woke up to the smell of smoke, located the fire and alerted the other roommate. Both had exited the building by the time firefighters arrived, according to the release. Neither was injured.

The fire was contained at 1:39 a.m. after firefighters cut a ventilation hole in the roof with a chainsaw and extinguished the flames.

The fire department would like to remind community members to install smoke detectors in all sleeping rooms and replace smoke detector batteries twice a year.

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