Fire investigators are looking into the cause of a house fire Monday morning on Platino Lane in Arroyo Grande. Smoke from the hilltop blaze could be seen from as far away as Avila Beach, according to the Five Cities Fire Authority.
The authority's public information officer Peter Klein said the fire may have started in a lower floor game room. The home's owner tried to initially put it out with a hose after being alerted by a smoke alarm.
A total of 7 people were in the home at the time of the fire, including small children. All made it out safely, said Klein.
Fire crews were dispatched at 7:51 a.m. with a total of 7 engines and 27 firefighters responding, including crews from Five Cities, and Cal Fire's Pismo and Avila stations. Santa Maria Fire helped out with support as well.
"At this point most of the contents can be considered a total loss," Klein said in a media release."
However, Five Cities firefighters were able to recover some personal belongings, including a hope chest and some family photos.