San Luis Obispo City Fire Department personnel responded to a reported structure fire at 535 Islay Street in the City of San Luis Obispo at 1:17 this morning. The first arriving SLO City Fire Department unit found a small fire in an exterior wall of the historic 6,000 square foot three-story residence with the owner attempting to extinguish the deep seated fire with a garden hose.
The occupants had been alerted to the fire by the odor of smoke coming through an open skylight. All five occupants of the home (3 adults, two children) had evacuated by the time the first emergency unit arrived.
The remaining fire was quickly extinguished and overhauled by the first arriving fire department response unit. Control was achieved within 8 minutes of the initial 911 call.
The City responded a battalion chief, a ladder truck, and three fire engines. Cal Fire also responded an engine and a battalion chief as part of the automatic aid agreement. A fire investigator was also requested and responded.
No injuries occurred to the occupants or firefighters. The property loss/damage to the structure is estimated at approximately $5,000.
According to Fire Marshal Roger Maggio, the fire was intentionally set utilizing combustible materials obtained on-site, which were placed against the exterior of the home. The residence did have working smoke detectors according to the fire investigator.
The Fire Marshal is continuing the criminal investigation with the assistance of SLOPD detectives. Anyone having any information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the Fire Marshal at 781-7386.