Los Osos fire destroys residential unit in duplex

June 2, 2014

fireAn early morning fire Sunday destroyed one of two residential units in a Los Osos duplex.

The fire broke out around 1 a.m. Sunday at 1501 Nipomo Avenue in Los Osos. Firefighters responded from both Los Osos and Morro Bay, but they did not control the blaze until about 4:30 a.m.

The firefighters did prevent the blaze from damaging the second unit of the duplex. Though the fire destroyed the other unit, only $30,000 of damage occurred, according to CalFire.

No injuries occurred as a result of the fire, and the cause is still to be determined.


I was visiting from napa and saw a big muscular guy with blond short hair with a torch in front yard. It was about 11:30 and I was walking my dog that wouldn’t settle down. I stopped wondering what the heck he was doing. He turned around and in a gruff voice said,”what do you want?”. So I kept walking. He had a trailer full of furniture, was wearing shorts and a thin shirt. Huge looking dude. Big arms. I’m not sure what the address was but I was walking on the east side of Nipomo near the larger homes. I stopped at the corner to watch him because I thought it was weird. He was lighting up a stack of paper pretty close to the front door.


I’m hearing this was an Arson from a spurned woman. Wow!


Does anyone know if the units had fire sprinklers? Age of unit construction?


My guess would be no. Sprinkler regs. are recent and not much new stuff has been built in Los Osos in a long time.


Residential Fire Suppression sprinklering: a debatably good idea for new construction, a blisteringly wasteful requirement for remodeling due to $ 15,000 – $20,000 extra cost of paying someone to dig up and tap the ancient existing water main. Many a remodel will not be done due to the added cost in jurisdictions that require it, such as Los Osos.


Wait, fire damaged the unit but only caused 30k in damage? You can’t get a kitchen remodel hardly done for that. I would LOVE to see who bids this rebuild of unit and can do for 30k. Send them over to my place.


There are places that are marginally liveable that could be rebuilt with minimal cost if built to the same conditions. $30K might be a bit on the low side but I have seen places (and lived in a couple) that would not be much more than that if the rebuilding didn’t require expensive permits or higher construction standards.

Niles Q

Smoke causes a lot of the damage and firefighters don’t distinguish between fire and smoke damage, unless it’s merchandise in a store. And smoke damage is less expensive to repair than fire damage.

Even at $30K, if this is one of the old WWII barracks apartments, it might not be worth it to repair.