Firefighters respond to early morning kitchen fire at SLO County home

Five Cities Fire Authority is warning residents to check their smoke detector batteries after responding to an early morning kitchen fire in Arroyo Grande on Tuesday.

The Fire Authority and Cal Fire both responded to the 200 block of north Oak Park Boulevard at 4:28 a.m.

Five Cities Fire Authority Chief Steve Lieberman told The Tribune the sole occupant and a pet were already outside the home upon the first engine’s arrival.

The house was filled with dormant smoke that was similar to ground fog, Lieberman said, but the fire itself was contained to the kitchen. It was put out shortly after the engine’s arrival, Lieberman said.

A battalion chief was on the scene finishing up the investigation, the chief said, and the cause of the fire and the extent of damage was unknown at this time.

Because the home had several of the indoor doors open, smoke damage spread throughout the home.

Lieberman suggested to keep doors closed inside to prevent smoke from spreading throughout the residence in case there is a fire.

He added that smoke detector batteries should be checked and changed at least twice a year.

“It saves lives,” he said.