Possibility of arson in fire that destroyed barn on San Luis Ranch

September 10, 2019

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

The fire that burned a historic barn on the former Dalidio Ranch on Madonna Road was caused by a person or people, according to San Luis Obispo fire officials. [KSBY]

On Feb. 8, a fire burned a barn on the former Dalidio property, currently the site of developer Gary Grossman’s San Luis Ranch project. The blaze almost completely destroyed the barn, with just one of its walls being salvaged.

In the 1800s, the barn was used as a viewing and staging area for horse races. As part of the San Luis Ranch project, Grossman was required to preserve the barn. At the time of the fire, Grossman was in the process of moving the historically designated building.

SLO Fire Marshal Rodger Maggio said investigators have ruled out an electrical failure as the cause of the fire. However, the investigation has not revealed a specific ignition point.

Possible causes include arson and someone having started a warming fire because it was a cold, rainy night, Maggio said. Investigators could not confirm whether or not there were homeless people at the site of the blaze when it started, though it is a possible scenario.

Investigators are searching for a person who may have been seen in the area when the fire began.

Following the fire, speculation arose among critics of Grossman that the blaze was started to spare the developer the need to move the barn.

The one wall of the barn that was salvaged is being kept on the San Luis Ranch property. A spokesman for San Luis Ranch said it is yet to be decided what will be done with the remaining wall.


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Myself

I’ve been waiting for this.

Grossman gets to do what he wants with the property, no problemo with the city, BUT for some reason he is raising the area with dirt trucked in from all over town for the past month and a half, the once fertile farm fields are now covered with several feet of trucked in dirt, I see no reason for it as the hotel and mall next door isn’t raised that much and that property doesn’t flood. So the mayor in her wisdom,HA, thinks that natural gas is bad for town and wants to do away with it, yet grossman’s project is putting tons of carbon into the air and those trucks will be hauling dirt there for about another month this is just plain stupid.


kayaknut

People wanting to develop a site know it is cheaper to build new rather than preserve and restore an old building. The developer of the old Alex’s BBQ building knows that. They can always claim confusion with the construction company or in this case like this have a convenient fire.


Francesca Bolognini

How convenient.


Snoid

I think Hill used this for a man cave during his meltdowns. Might wanna question him.


jimmy_me

I heard there was also a laboratory in there that was cloning SLO liberals. Might wanna check that out also.


kettle

Better liberals than fascists. After all, who invites the Taliban to camp David, it is literally negotiating with terrorists.