San Luis Obispo County

Deadly fire on the Nipomo Mesa claims one life

Fire engulfs trailer unit on horse ranch

Nipomo Mesa trailer fire leaves one man dead

NIPOMO, Calif. - A fast-moving fire on the Nipomo Mesa has killed a man living in a residential unit on a horse ranch along the 1100 block of Mesa View Drive which is also Highway 1.

The call for help came at about 5:30 a.m. but by the time the first firefighters arrived on scene it was already too late to help the young man living in the trailer at the back of the ranch.

"Our Station 22 is just a mile or so down the street here", said Chris Elms with CalFire, "they were on scene within a few minutes and it was already fully involved when they got on scene."

"We woke up about 5:30 frantic trying to figure out what was going on", said Matthew Velez who rents a residential unit on the ranch property with his wife and three kids and safely escaped the spreading fire, "there was a loud popping and then I opened the door and saw the flames back there and so we got all the kids and the animals and headed on out."

Valez is among about ten people who live on the property.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire officials say its the start of the residential structure fire season with the return of cooler, overnight temperatures.

"It's just that time of year when people start to use heaters", Elms said, "we want to make sure that people are being safe with that kind of stuff."

The San Luis Obispo County Coroner is working to identify the man who was killed in the fire but Matthew Velez says he's the son of his landlord.

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