'Ragin" fire causes $100K in RV damages

May 27, 2010

The Fire Department responded to three RVs burning in a storage yard Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Witnesses driving by the 19000 block of Gothard Street called 911 at 1:28 p.m. Sunday after seeing black smoke, spokeswoman Martha Werth said.

Three fire engines and a truck responded to the call and found three large diesel RVs inflamed, Battalion Chief Bob Brown said.


"It was ragin'," Brown said.

The blaze created a large plume of smoke that smelled like burning rubber, witnesses said.

The fire started in one RV and spread to the two parked next to it, Brown said.

The RVs were parked close together, making it more difficult to extinguish the fire, Werth said. It took 21 firefighters to put out the flames, she said.

The fire also damaged the outside of a metal building nearby, but firefighters managed to stop any damage to the inside, Brown said.

The damage is estimated to be about $300,000, Werth said.

The department is still investigating the cause.

— Britney Barnes

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