An unusually hot and smoky fire in the fireplace at the Cambria Pines Lodge drew the attention of some nearby residents Monday and triggered a call to fire officials, who arrived at the lodge on Burton Avenue about 4 p.m.
Three engines – one from Cambria the Cambria Fire Department, a Cambria-based Cal Fire engine and second Cal Fire engine from Cayucos – responded to calls about the fire, which caused no damage.
Cambria fire Capt. William Hollingsworth said material that had accumulated in the chimney caught fire, spewing smoke and flames out the top.
Bartender Jeff Germond said he started the fire as he normally does in the fireplace, but “we had some green wood, and it was really smoky.”
“He ignited the fire today like he would normally do, but once he started it, it ignited some combustible material that had accumulated in the chimney itself,” Hollingsworth said. “We call it a ‘jet engine,’ because it’s shooting fire out and it’s really loud.
“They (lodge employees) broke the fire down before we even got here, and we added water.”
Hollingsworth said firefighters checked the structure with a thermal imaging camera to ensure that there was no extension of the fire within the structure.
Eight firefighters responded to the call, with four ambulance personnel standing by, Hollingsworth said. Eight other responders were called out, but those calls were canceled before they could reach the lodge.