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Residents Displaced After Structure Fire in North Santa Maria

Flames damage home on North Benwiley Avenue and smoke fills neighboring home, according to the fire department

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A fire damaged a house in the 300 block of Benwiley Avenue on Thursday, and filled an adjacent home with smoke in Santa Maria.  (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

A structure fire damaged a single-family home on Thursday in a north Santa Maria neighborhood, but an attached home appears to have been mostly saved.

At approximately noon, personnel from the Santa Maria Fire and Police departments along with city park rangers and utility companies reponded to the 300 block of North Benwiley Avenue, according to Battalion Chief Mike Farmer.

"Upon arrival we discovered a fully involved single-store residential structure," Farmer said. "We were able to knock the fire quickly."

Three 5-gallon propone tanks on fire outside the residence posed a danger, "so we kept that exposure in check," Farmer added.

The adjacent two-story home was filled with smoke, but did not have any fire damage, Farmer said.

Since the fire caused significant damage to the single-story home, the residents were displaced, Farmer said.

Icicle-theme Christmas lights could be seen hanging from house's eaves, above the blackened frame of a window.

It was not immediately known if those who lived in the second residence could return to the structure since firefighters were still assessing the condition of the smoke-filled home.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday afternoon.  

Personnel from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Cal Fire responded to help with other calls in the city while Santa Maria crews focused on battling the structure fire.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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