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Unattended Candle blamed for fire at Cal Poly dorm

By Kelsey Gerckens, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, kelsey.gerckens@keyt.com
Published On: May 16 2013 09:27:37 AM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 05:05:21 PM CDT

More than 400 students were evacuated from the complex while firefighters put out the flames.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -

NewsChannel 3 now knows what started a fire in a dorm room on the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus.

Fire investigators say an unattended candle left in a room in the Poly Canyon Village complex started the blaze.  It happened just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

More than 400 students were evacuated from the complex while firefighters put out the flames.

The damage was contained to a single bedroom, and is estimated at $25,000.

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The room's sprinkler system is being credited with keeping the fire in check until firefighters arrived.

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