A man whose neighbors say he recently turned 95 years old died in a house fire in San Luis Obispo Tuesday morning despite efforts by residents and workers in the area to pull the elderly individual out of the home. [KSBY]
Shortly after 11 a.m., a fire broke out at a home on Bahia Court near Arita Street. Neighbors and construction workers in the area tried to hose down the flames. Joe Dore, a neighbor, said he started grabbing his hoses, which he stores alongside the house for that exact kind of situation.
Jake Sanchez, of Azteca Construciton, said members of his construction crew were passing through the area and stopped when they saw the fire. His crew grabbed a hose and tried to suppress the fire.
A neighbor came running by, saying an old man was inside the house, Sanchez said. His crew began to see if the front door was open. It was not, so they broke though it. Sanchez’s crew tried to find the elderly man, but the smoke was overwhelming.
Firefighters arrived at the scene shortly before 11:30 a.m. and found a home already engulfed in flames. About six fire agencies teamed up to extinguish the blaze.
Fire crews prevented the blaze from spreading to neighboring homes, but the fire still caused some damage to nearby houses. Dore said his home will need a new roof because the asphalt shingles melted.
Authorities evacuated residents in the immediate area of the blaze, but they were allowed to return to their homes a few hours later.
Investigators are treating the blaze as an accidental fire. The cause of the fire remains unclear, though.
Officials have yet to disclose the identity of the victim.