Fire spread from fireplace to attic of Atascadero home, officials say

Firefighters saved an Atascadero home from a fire that spread from a fireplace to the attic and roof on Monday night.

No one was injured, though the flames and smoke caused an estimated $75,000 in damage to the structure and a loss of about $10,000 in other property, the Atascadero Fire Department said in a news release.

At about 7:38 p.m., firefighters responded to the single-story, single-family house in the 9000 block of Palomar Avenue and found heavy smoke coming from the home’s attic vents. As the fire spread through the attic, fire crews pulled most of the ceiling’s sheet rock to access the flames and extinguish the fire, according to the release.

Seven fire engines from the Atascadero Fire Department, the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services, Cal Fire and Atascadero State Hospital responded and crews fought the fire for about 30 minutes.

There was severe fire damage to the roof and water damage inside, but the Atascadero Fire Department says responders saved about $350,000 in property.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but investigators say it began inside the home’s fireplace, and officials are asking residents to have their fireplaces inspected annually and chimneys cleaned on a regular basis.