The Cambrian

Deputy spots smoke, douses Dumpster fire

A Cambria medical building is scorched but still in place, thanks to quick action by a resident Sheriff’s deputy and fire crews.Senior Deputy Todd Steeb was on foot patrol along Burton Drive about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, when he spotted smoke just east of the Chevron station at the corner of Main Street and Burton Drive.

Quickly driving to 2150 Main St., Steeb found a large trash container ablaze in a basement parking alcove. The deputy used his car’s fire extinguisher to start dousing the flames.

Firefighters removed some siding and extinguished the rest of the blaze.

Flames also scorched the side of the building owned by John and Renee Linn. Their restaurant about a block away, Linn’s, was gutted by fire in 2006, and has since been rebuilt and reopened.

Fire officials said Tuesday they continue to investigate the medical-building fire’s cause, estimating damages at about $2,000. They have dismissed arson or electrical problems as the cause. The fire is believed to have started in the Dumpster. On Friday, crews had been remodeling and painting a downstairs unit in the building.

— Kathe Tanner