6 RV Fires Result in 2 Deaths

Whether camping or just relaxing in your recreational vehicle, fire safety is essential.

The fire in this 40-foot fifth-wheel trailer at Country Roads RV Park in Yuma originated in the trailer's battery storage compartment. (Credit: Yuma Fire Department)

The fire in this 40-foot fifth-wheel trailer at Country Roads RV Park in Yuma originated in the trailer’s battery storage compartment. (Credit: Yuma Fire Department)

It is critical that every member of your party know what to do in an emergency or fire.  If you are one of the millions of RV enthusiasts who love to take to the road and explore the country, ensure your family’s safety while travelling in your RV.

In earlier posts I reported that four small dogs died and an RV was destroyed in a fire caused by a propane space heater and space heaters destroyed pets and RVs in two separate fires.

RVs Burns in Grover Beach

A recent motorhome fire in Grover Beach, California, left the driver burned and the vehicle completely destroyed. More than a dozen firefighters and police officers responded and found the motorhome of David Jackson of Visalia on fire but not threatening any structures, reports the Santa Maria Times.

The 53-year-old Jackson had attempted to start the vehicle’s engine when it backfired, igniting an engine fire. Jackson was able to get out of the vehicle and refused medical attention for minor burns that he suffered.

Cat dies in RV fire. (Source: http://hardnewscafe.usu.edu/)

Cat dies in RV fire. (Source: http://hardnewscafe.usu.edu/)

Parked on an incline, the motorhome began rolling after Jackson jumped out. It came to a stop against some shrubbery and landscape boulders. Ten firefighters from the fire authority were able to douse the blaze, the cause of which still is under investigation.

The blaze was the latest in a series of motorhome and mobile home fires on the Central Coast.

3 RV Fires on the Central Coast Result in 2 Deaths

On January 7, an RV fire killed 73-year-old Karen Moreland of Morro Bay. Investigators determined that fire started in the kitchen of the motorhome that was being used as a permanent residence in the Rancho Colina Mobile Home Park, the Santa Maria Times reports.

On January 8, a fire broke out in the Laguna Lake Mobile Home Park in San Luis Obispo, causing explosions that rocked the neighborhood. No injuries were reported. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s investigators believe the fire was caused by a hash oil manufacturing process.

On January 16, 57-year-old Ronald Silveira of San Luis Obispo was killed in trailer fire near the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport.

Yuma firefighters respond to two RV fire calls and a car hitting a building

Firefighters from the Yuma Fire Department (YFD) recently responded to a call of two separate recreational vehicle fires that happened within 15 minutes of one another.

The first report was at Westwind RV and Golf Resort. When firefighters arrived on scene, they discovered that the owner had left a large bowl of beans on the burner of the stove, which caused a large amount of smoke, setting off the smoke detector. A neighbor who heard the smoke detector going off called 9-1-1 and reported a fire. Meanwhile, the RV owner was able to turn off the stove before anything caught fire, reports The Yuma Sun.

Don’t let your RV dreams go up in flames: Practice Fire Safety. (source: betterrving.com)

Don’t let your RV dreams go up in flames: Practice Fire Safety. (source: betterrving.com)

Mike Erfert, a YFD spokesman, said he wanted to remind the public that unattended cooking is the largest cause of home fires.

Later the same day, another RV on fire was reported, this time at Country Roads RV Park.

Upon their arrival, firefighters found flames coming from underneath a 40-foot fifth-wheel trailer. Erfert said the fire was quickly extinguished, but there was enough damage that it could not be reoccupied. Investigators determined the fire originated in the trailer’s battery storage compartment.

Worth Pondering…

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.

—G.K. Chesterton

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