Fire damages residential building in Oceano

February 27, 2023


A fire damaged a multi-family residential structure in Oceano on Monday morning.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a caller reported a fire at 1570 22nd Street, according to Cal Fire. All residents managed to evacuate before firefighters arrived, according to the Five Cities Fire Authority. 

Five Cities firefighters and Cal Fire personnel arrived at the scene and continue to battle the blaze. The cause of the fire and amount of damage is not yet known.

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I’m wondering if the massive amount of destruction is due to the fire fighter response time. When voters rejected a tax that would have allowed the Oceano fire station to operate 24 hours a day, we were warned that emergency response times would lag and the result would be greater damage to buildings and more injuries or deaths. We should be monitoring response times to see if they end up being subpar or not, appreciating the fact that the difference between five minute response, and eight minute response is huge when it comes to fighting fires at businesses and homes and saving lives.

Fire crews may have been on a call for a leaky pipe or bad electrical outlet.

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