Cambria Pines Lodge fire is seen as suspicious

ktanner@thetribunenews.comNovember 28, 2012 

Crews fight a fire in the old, enclosed swimming pool building at Cambria Pines Lodge on Nov. 16.

BERT ETLING — betling@thetribunenews.com

Fire investigators still haven’t declared the official cause of a Nov. 16 fire that destroyed a major chunk of the Cambria Pines Lodge’s 1960s-era indoor-pool building. However, officials are defining the fire’s origin as “suspicious in nature.”

The blaze, quickly contained and put out by units from Cambria Fire Department and Cal Fire in Cambria and Cayucos, has been estimated to have caused about $50,000 in damage to the aging, vacant structure. Another fire in 2008 also damaged the building.

This was the fourth fire on the Lodge property since 1991, when a large fire destroyed the main building, with its restaurant, bar, registration area and other rooms. A 2003 fire destroyed a detached structure that held a beauty salon and offices.

That fire roster alone would trigger a more detailed investigation into the latest cause, according to Cambria Fire Chief Mark Miller.

He said among those investigating the blaze are members of the San Luis Obispo County Fire Investigators Strike Team, Cambria Fire Department and others.

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