ATASCADERO, Calif. - A discarded cigarette is being blamed for sparking a destructive fire at a home in Atascadero.
The fire broke out just before 7 p.m. Friday evening on the 4500 block of El Camino Real.
21 firefighters and multiple engines from various fire commands responded to the fire. Atascadero police provided traffic control on El Camino Real.
ECR closed from San Jaciento to San Anselmo. Structure fire. pic.twitter.com/XFK3m2LGNa— Atascadero Police (@APD_POLICE) November 18, 2017
Firefighters found a single-story home with heavy fire throughout the front part of the structure. Crews were able to suppress the fire enough to gain entry inside to continue battling the flames.
Firefighters were able to locate a cat inside the home and take it to safety. No one else was inside.
After about 25 minutes the fire was contained. Some firefighters remained on scene to battle hot spots and investigate the cause of the blaze.
Investigators believe the fire was caused by a discarded cigarette that ignited nearby combustible material. The fire began burning outside the home before spreading to the inside through the front window.
Investigators estimate the fire caused $75,000 in damages but the structure was saved.
Four people were inside the home when the fire began. No one was injured.