Morro Bay firefighters battled a fire on a deck at a home in the Heights neighborhood, stopping it from spreading to the house.

According to the MBFD, they got a report of a structure fire at 5:56 p.m. Sunday, July 19 in the 200 block of Kern Ave.

The fire turned out to be on a rear deck and had spread to an outbuilding. The fire was extinguished at 6:03.

“The fire destroyed the deck and a separate small building,” Fire Chief Steve Knuckles said. “The residence did have heat damage but did not burn into the integrity of the home.”

The fire department sent an engine and ladder truck to the scene and called in assistance from Cal Fire.

The fire caused about $40,000 in damages and Chief Knuckles said the saved house was valued at $350,000.

The investigation as to cause was continuing, but Chief Knuckles said it was “electrical in nature.”

In the photo, firefighters pour water on the smoldering deck. Photo courtesy MBFD