Another ammunition storage building destroyed by fire in Atascadero

June 17, 2021


For the second time in a little more than a month, a fire burned an ammunition storage building in Atascadero.

The outbuilding that burned Wednesday morning, sending a plume of smoke into the air near Highway 101, was a workshop used for gunsmithing and ammunition storage, according to the Atascadero Fire Department. The 1,000 square-foot outbuilding was located behind a home at 8505 Coromar Avenue.

Callers reported the fire burning at about 7 a.m. Firefighters arrived at the scene and found the outbuilding fully engulfed in flames.

Firefighters learned the structure was being used to store ammunition. Because of the ammunition, the deterioration of the building and how the workshop was burning, firefighters remained outside the structure as they battled the blaze, fire officials say. They used multiple hoses to fight the fire.

It took firefighters 1 hour and 15 minutes to contain the blaze. Firefighters used a backhoe to break down the outbuilding while extinguishing the blaze. They also removed firearms and other items from a safe that was buried beneath the workshop, according to the fire department.

No one suffered injuries as a result of the fire, and no damaged occurred to property other than the gunsmithing and ammunition storage workshop. Investigators are still determining the cause of the blaze.

On May 14, more than 5,000 rounds of ammunition exploded and one person suffered burns in a fire at a residential property on Valle Avenue in Atascadero. The fire initially burned a home and a half-acre of vegetation before spreading to a storage facility holding more than 5,000 rounds of personal ammunition. Arson was suspected in the Valle Avenue fire.


The picture suggests this structure barely qualifies as a building. It looks to have tarpaulin walls.


For those who don’t know, it’s important to keep in mind that exploding unchambered ammunition travels about as far as kernels of popcorn exploding in a campfire. Not a real danger unless chambered. Never store a gun with a chambered round, unless it’s stored in a good holster on your person.

Francesca Bolognini

Thanks for the info, very good advice. But if I were a first responder to this event I would be unlikely to bet my life that was all that was stored in the structure. I am glad that the IC didn’t risk the lives of the crew to find out.


I would be unlikely to bet my life that was all that was stored in the structure.

I guess that could be said about ANY structure, huh?

Thank goodness you’re not a firefighter.


“Not a real danger unless chambered”.

Yet according to the article, the firefights remained well outside the building due to the ammo inside… I’m guessing they know something you don’t. Also, from the description of the building and what happened, it’s pretty clear the owner had no clue about the proper safety and storage of ammo. The fire was likely due to negligence and fines will result.


…I’m guessing they know something you don’t…

“Guessing” is right…


…the deterioration of the building and how the workshop was burning,..”

Gosh, there were other more important reasons to not enter the structure…