ATASCADERO — A two-unit apartment on the 8000 block of Amapoa Avenue in Atascadero caught fire on Wednesday, July 25. Atascadero firefighters responded at 1:15 p.m. after neighbors reported it and were able to quickly contain it, city fire officials reported.
When firefighters first arrived they found a single story two-unit apartment building — with one of the apartments on fire, which was spreading to the other unit.
The fire burned from the exterior of the building into the living area and into the attic space. The fire was contained to the first apartment and attic and the second apartment sustained smoke and water damage.
The crew extinguished the fire in excessive heat. A total of 20 fire personnel were dispatched to assist with the operation. Agencies involved came from Atascadero, Atascadero State, Paso Robles, Templeton, Cal Fire San Luis Obispo, San Luis Ambulance and the Atascadero Police Department.
No one was injured. The building was yellow tagged and three occupants were displaced, city officials stated. The American Red Cross is working with residents to allocate resources and find emergency shelter.
Estimated property loss was valued at $100,000, along with an estimated $25,00 in damage to content, according to the the Atascadero Fire Department. An estimated $450,000 property value was saved along with the building.
The origin of the fire was determined to be the exterior back patio and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.