Fire ravages Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant

May 6, 2024


A fire ravaged the Big Sur Bakery & Restaurant on Highway 1 on Friday afternoon.

Shortly before 4 p.m., a caller reported a fire at the popular restaurant in Big Sur. On their way to the fire, Big Sur Fire crews noticed a large column of black smoke and contacted the U.S. Forest Service for backup.

Crews arrived to find the building engulfed in flames and two nearby galleries, an event space, and several homes under threat. Crews aggressively fought the fire which took about an hour to fully extinguish.

Fire personnel contained the blaze to the building and an adjacent shed. The building suffered severe damage as a result of the fire. There were no injuries to either first responders or bystanders.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire.

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Good to see we still have volunteer fire departments, I was afraid Cal Fire had taken over all the community- based departments and staffed them with $200,000- $300,000 a year full timers in the name of public safety.

Thats would be a savings compared to the $300,000 to $400,000 at the FCFA not to mention the $500,000+ chief.

That’s an ignorant statement. CAL FIRE doesn’t take anyone over. That fire department and their governing body would have to request a proposal from CAL FIRE to provide service. It has to be mutually beneficial to the local government and the state. The local government would have to vote on it and pay for it through a contract for service. Either party can leave the contract at any time with 6 months notice. In other words the local government has to continue to support the contract with CAL FIRE everytime it comes up for renewal and could go back to having their own department at anytime. They also retain ownership of their buildings and equipment.