Fire leads to evacuation of SLO apartment complex

October 2, 2020

A fire that started at a homeless camp led to the evacuation of a San Luis Obispo apartment complex early Friday morning.

Shortly before 4:30 a.m., a tree caught on fire at a homeless encampment located near Highway 101 and the Margarita Apartments at 603 Johnson Avenue. The fire then spread into vegetation.

Authorities evacuated the Margarita Apartments as a precautionary measure. The fire did not spread onto the highway ether, though officials temporarily closed one northbound lane. [KSBY]

Firefighters quickly contained the blaze. There were no reports of any injuries.

It is unclear whether or not the fire was intentionally set. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing.

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Are homeless encampments part of the City of SLO’s “accessible and inclusive” policy for public property?

There is another very large homeless encampment across the tracks in the triangle of 101, California Blvd, and the the northbound on-ramp to 101. There has been a recent plague of petty thefts and nuisance along their “commute” to downtown. SLOPD knows, CalTrans knows, the CHP officers across the street know. We’ll see how big it gets…

If SLO County is going to roll out the red carpet for every hobo in the state, they may as well give every homeless person a camp stove and a few isobutane canisters. It would certainly be cheaper than putting out all the fires they start.