Fire burns Paso Robles garage, duplex
Sole male occupant attempted to fight fire with extinguisher
–Firefighters extinguished a residential fire that burned a garage in Paso Robles early Tuesday morning. One sole occupant, an elderly male, attempted to fight the fire with an extinguisher, but was driven out by smoke. He sustained only minor injuries, according to the Paso Robles Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
At approximately 12:34 a.m., fire crews were dispatched to a call of a single-family residential structure fire at 914 Brookhill Road. Upon arrival, fire crews reported a single-car garage of a duplex unit to be fully involved with fire. The fire had also begun to extend into the living portion of one home.
The sole occupant, an elderly male, was awakened by a smoke detector.
Firefighters from Paso Robles, Atascadero, Templeton, and San Luis Obispo County worked to limit fire spread to one-half of the duplex. An extensive amount of items stored in the garage, along with exploding ammunition and a leaking propane cylinder, hampered firefighting efforts. In total, 16 firefighters operating from six engines and three chief officers worked to contain the fire. Additional assistance was provided by Paso Robles Police Department and San Luis Ambulance Service. The American Red Cross responded to tend to the victim’s immediate needs.
The fire’s cause was not readily apparent and is under investigation. The resident sustained minor injuries, was evaluated on scene and released. Property damage to one of the duplex units was extensive. The second duplex unit sustained minor smoke damage.