The Cambrian

In Brief: Tidbits of Cambria news

All four stolen cats found in good health

Four kittens taken from a Cambria animal shelter about four days earlier were found Thursday, June 10, on Rogers Drive on Lodge Hill, where they had apparently been abandoned.

A neighborhood resident told the Homeless Animal Rescue Team they’d read in The Cambrian about the feline abduction on Sunday night or Monday morning, June 6 or 7, from the Main Street animal shelter, and saw someone leaving the quartet of kittens on a lot near Cambria Pines Lodge.

Two of the kittens were recovered by shelter volunteers responding to the call; the other two were picked up later by a construction worker who brought them to the shelter. All the animals were in good health, a shelter volunteer said.

—Bert Etling and Kathe Tanner

Early morning fire damages restaurant

A fire early Wednesday, June 16, in a storeroom for Mustache Pete’s Italian Eatery at 4090 Burton Drive was extinguished quickly, but left the restaurant and some adjacent shops filled with the stench of smoke.

As of later that morning, the restaurant was closed as managers awaited the ar-

rival of insurance adjusters and experts who could verify that the restaurant’s wiring was safe to use.

The fire is still under investigation, according to Denis de Clercq, a lieutenant with the Cambria Fire Department, who is initially estimating the structural damage at between $5,000 and $10,000, not counting the cost of supplies in the room and loss of business while the restaurant is closed.

He said the fire may have been electrical in nature.

The small storeroom is located behind the Planet Yahats gem and rock shop.

In a bit of a sprinkler-system-like fluke, the blaze melted the solder on a copper water pipe, and the resulting spray of water helped extinguish the fire.

The 1:30 a.m. fire “could have totaled that building,” deClercq said.

“If the fire had gone through that crawl space, it could have gotten really ugly…especially at that hour, if it hadn’t been noticed.”

The fire was reported at about the same time by a person in another part of the multi-unit complex who smelled smoke and by an automatic alarm system in Mustache Pete’s.

More than 20 firefighters from Cambria, Cayucos and Pismo Beach responded to fight the blaze.

Engines from San Luis Obispo covered the Cambria Fire station while its crews were busy.

—Kathe Tanner