Fire damages barn north of Morro Bay

An investigation is ongoing into the cause of an early morning barn fire north of Morro Bay.

Three Cal Fire engines responded to an emergency call at about 1:15 a.m. Thursday on the 1400 block of Toro Creek Road and found the barn and a neighboring building and vegetation on fire.

The Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Cayucos and Cambria fire departments also responded to the scene.

Cal Fire said in a news release that about a quarter of the barn was completely lost and estimated the damage at about $100,000.

Officials say the two buildings were occupied at the time of the fire and that a defensible space between the buildings and surrounding vegetation helped mitigate a larger brush fire.