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Fire damages Santa Maria housing complex

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Posted at 10:55 AM, May 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-26 22:36:41-04

A fire damaged part of a Santa Maria housing complex Thursday morning, fire officials said.

It was reported shortly before 10 a.m. along the 1700 block of Lynne Drive.

Fire officials say the fire started along an outside fence and spread to the nearby condo. Flames made their way to the attic and the fire also damaged a neighboring condo.

Paulita Nunez, a resident of the condo, was evacuated when the fire broke out.

"I heard a crackling noise, and I thought, 'Well, what is that?' So I opened my back patio door and looked to the left, and it was flames coming through the fence," Nunez said. "I've been here since '84 [...] and I've never had a problem."

Nunez said she was thankful the fire wasn't worse.

"Thank God I have insurance and nobody was hurt," she said. "The condo can be repaired, or it can be replaced."

Firefighters said the damage to the home was significant.

"I'd say it was extensive damage," Santa Maria Fire Battalion Chief Seth Wells said. "It definitely got into the attic space and spread throughout there, so there's damage to the attic and definitely the interior of the main unit involved."

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Five people were displaced by the fire, and fire officials say a dog and three cats were saved. Some of the animals were reportedly revived on scene by medics.

"We did have to do CPR on, I think, two of the cats," Wells told KSBY. "The dog was fine, but they brought cats out, and they did have to give the cats oxygen. [...] AMR helped out with that also, and so far they are doing good."

There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

Multiple agencies responded to assist. No one was injured.