On Preventing RV Fires: 6 Case Studies

A RV fire is no joking matter.

Virginia: Mechanical Failure Causes Motorhome Fire (Credit: Sid Choudhari)

Virginia: Mechanical Failure Causes Motorhome Fire (Credit: Sid Choudhari)

When a RV fire breaks out, you may have little time to get out of your RV. That’s why every time you hit the road or use your RV when parked, you need a RV exit strategy. Every member of your family should know what to do in the event of a fire, or any emergency, to ensure their safety.

Approximately 20,000 RV fires are reported each year. These numbers reflect how important fire safety and fire prevention are to the RV lifestyle.

Virginia: Mechanical Failure Causes Motorhome Fire

ARLnow.com reports a Class C motorhome caught fire on southbound Route 1 in Crystal City.

The Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD) and Virginia State Police were the first responders to the scene. According to ACFD spokeswoman Lt. Sarah Marchegiani, three people were inside the RV when the fire started, but they all escaped the vehicle safely and no injuries were reported. The fire is believed to have been caused by a mechanical failure in the engine block.

“The driver didn’t notice the fire at first, just that the car was acting funny and he smelled smoke. They happened to pass by a Virginia State Police officer who saw that the car was on fire and flagged them down,” Marchegiani said

Arizona: Engine Fire Engulfs Motorhome

Arizona: Engine Fire Engulfs Motorhome (Credit: Pinion Pine Fire District)

Arizona: Engine Fire Engulfs Motorhome (Credit: Pinion Pine Fire District)

The Pinion Pine Fire District blog reports that four units were dispatched to Interstate 40 at the 62 mile marker eastbound for a reported RV on fire. Units arrived in roughly 10 minutes to find a Class A Diesel Pusher involved with a quarter acre brush fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown but the occupants believe it started in the engine compartment. No injuries were reported.

Texas: Overloaded Extension Cords Spark RV Fire

Newswest9.com reports a fire in Midland County totally destroyed an RV and jumped to a couple of storage sheds nearby.

The person who was sleeping inside the RV was fortunate to make it out alive. Officials say several extension cords from a breaker box sparked the flames.

Massachusetts: Mouse Nest Sparks Fire

The Cape Cod Times reports a 2001 Gulf Stream Cruiser was destroyed after the owner turned on appliances and likely ignited a mouse nest, according to Deputy Fire Chief Robert Brown. There were no injuries. The owner was cleaning out the 2001 Gulf Stream Cruiser at the time of the fire.

Ohio: Space Heater & Fresh Paint a Deadly Combination

WKBN-TV reports a Youngstown man died after being burned by a fire that was sparked by a space heater.

Texas: Overloaded Extension Cords Spark RV Fire (Source: newswest9.com)

Texas: Overloaded Extension Cords Spark RV Fire (Source: newswest9.com)

The Summit County Medical Examiner’s office said he was painting a bathroom at Green Acres Lake Park in Diamond, just east of Lake Milton, when he was seen emerging from the bathroom engulfed in flames. The man was using the space heater to keep warm as he worked. He was taken to an Akron hospital, where he died the next day.

Maryland: Kerosene Heater Sparks Trailer Fire That Kills Owner

WBOC-TV reports one person died after a fire broke out in a camper style trailer in Queen Anne’s County.

Investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Maryland State Police said they found the body of a 59-year-old man after the fire was brought under control. They said his wife escaped the fire unharmed and explained that her husband had ignited a kerosene heater, which caused some spilled kerosene to ignite on the floor around him.

During the on-scene investigation, it was determined no smoke alarms were located inside the trailer.

Worth Pondering…

How a Fire Burns
In order for fire to occur, four elements must be present:
Fuel (wood, paper, cloth, gas, oils, fiberglass)
Oxygen (air at between 17% and 19%)
Heat (brakes, engine compartment, exhaust system, transmission)
Chemical Chain Reaction (batteries, refrigerator)
If any one of these four components are missing, a fire cannot burn.

—Mac the Fire Guy

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