People, animals escape morning blaze unharmed

 An early Monday morning fire temporarily displaced a family of four on the Friendly Acres Ranch off Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay, though no animals were hurt in the blaze.

The one-alarm blaze was reported to the Coastside Fire Department at 2:40 a.m. from a motorist who reported seeing flames on the ranch, which has a stable of 30 horses and a few ponies.

The fire could be seen miles away, Fire Department Division Chief David Cosgrave said, and destroyed two outhouses with equipment, damaged a trailer and caused smoke damage to a mobile home.

He said the family, who work and live on the ranch, left their home to stay with relatives.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, said Cosgrave, who added that no animals were hurt during the fire.

“The closest were the ponies, but they were at a fairly good distance away,” said the executive director of the ranch, Willa Chapman. “The good news is that no animals got hurt — it was just scary.”

Cosgrave estimated the damage to the ranch, which opened in the mid-1960s, was under $20,000.

svasilyuk@examiner.com

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