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Atascadero resident burned in house fire

An Atascadero resident suffered second- and third-degree burns to about 20 percent of his body in a fire Tuesday night at a home on the 5400 block of Bajada Avenue.

Firefighters with the Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services contained the fire to a single bedroom in the three-story home before extinguishing the blaze within 20 minutes.

No emergency responders were injured.

At about 10:02 p.m., the fire department received a report of a fire from the homeowner and arrived to find the split-level single-family residence with heavy fire and smoke coming from a bedroom, according to a city news release.

Fire crews attacked the flames from outside to control the spread and reduce the heat level so firefighters could safely enter the house. The fire was quickly extinguished before it could spread to the main structure.

The burned resident was treated at the scene by paramedics and transported by ambulance to Twin Cities Community Hospital, according to the news release.

Fire officials said the fire caused approximately $60,000 in damage but that firefighters were able to save roughly $500,000 worth of property.

About 17 firefighters from the Atascadero Department of Fire and Emergency Services were assisted by engines from Atascadero State Hospital Fire, Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services and Cal Fire, as well as a breathing support unit from Templeton Fire and Emergency Services and traffic control from the Atascadero Police Department.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Wednesday.

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