Drunk man sets off three fire alarms in SLO

June 28, 2014

fire alarmPolice arrested an intoxicated man for allegedly setting off three fire alarms in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, police said.

Shortly before 1 p.m., John Bryan, 50, of San Luis Obispo allegedly pulled an alarm at Aaron Brothers on Higuera Street. A witness describe the culprit as a white male in his 50s, with curly hair who was wearing a T-shirt and shorts.

A few minutes later, the water alarm was set off at Novo Restaurant, also on Higuera Street. The alarm activated the sprinklers in the downstairs office and storage area.

At about 1:23 p.m., an officer on bicycle patrol downtown heard an alarm sounding at the library at the corner of Palm and Osos streets. He then saw people exiting the building hurriedly.

The officer contacted employees at the library who witnessed the man pull the alarm, and they indicated that the man was still inside. The officer then went into the library and detained the man.

Police say Bryan admitted to activating the alarms at the various locations. He was booked at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on three counts of willfully activating fire alarms, one count of being under the influence of a controlled substance, and one count of being drunk in public, according to the San Luis Obispo County Jail website.

LinkedIn lists one John Bryan in San Luis Obispo, a man who claims to be the CEO of ispotfire.


Just another day for one of our homeless wonders. Maybe he kept pulling fire alarms because he figured that would be a good way to get a shower.


The “water alarm” would not set off the fire sprinklers at Novo. It works the other way around. It only works that way in Hollywood.


That’s why I could not get into the library today. Dang. Great timing! They had the extended ladder truck there, too — just in case, I suppose.