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Feb 20, 2010 12:03 AM by Courtney Meznarich

Soldering iron blamed in San Luis Obispo house fire

San Luis Obispo Fire investigators say a house fire last night was caused by a soldering iron that was left plugged in, igniting a nearby towel.

San Luis Obispo City fire crews, as well as one crew from Cal Fire, responded to a home at 672 Branch Street after one of the residents ran to the nearby fire department to report flames around 8:30 p.m.

Fire crews were able to contain the flames in about 20 minutes, but damage to the house was extensive. Everyone inside escaped unharmed and no other structures were damaged. Investigators say the flames were fueled by an excessive amount of clutter in the home.

Red Cross has been contacted to help the residents with living arrangements.

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