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Juveniles allegedly set fire to Atascadero office building

A fire allegedly set Monday night by two juveniles caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to a vacant Atascadero building under renovation.

An Atascadero Fire and Emergency Services Department crew responded about 10:50 p.m. to reports of a single-story structure fire in the 5800 block of Entrada Avenue, according to an Atascadero Fire news release.

Arriving firefighters could see flames through a window of what the news release described as an office building. The fire was burning on the floor in a 3-by-5-foot area containing a power saw and other construction materials.

Crews extinguished the fire with water in about five minutes, as it had not yet spread into the open wall studs.

The blaze caused about $1,500 in damage, which included the floor, tools and materials. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire, but belongs to Carolyn Murphy, according to the fire department.

Two juvenile males were arrested by Atascadero Police Department officers on suspicion of arson and taken into custody by San Luis Obispo County Juvenile Services.

The juveniles don’t have any connection to the property owner, said Atascadero police Sgt. Caleb Davis. The fire remains under investigation.

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