Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Motor Home Burns on Maine Ave.

Lakeside, CA -

 At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, Lakeside Fire units 4105, E2, and E1 were dispatched to reports of a motor home that was on fire in downtown Lakeside near the corner of Maine Ave. and Laurel St.
Crews found the fully involved motor home spreading to a fence and utility pole

When units were leaving station 2 there was a large column of black smoke visible from the area where the fire was reported. 4105 arrived on scene first and reported there was a fully involved small motor home with a utility pole and a fence also becoming involved.
The view of the motor home after the fire was suppressed
 E2 arrived just behind 4105 and began a rapid attack on the fire with two hose lines. E1 arrived next and assisted the crew from E2 and provided a water source. The occupant of the motor home stated that the engine on the vehicle had stalled and when he pulled off the road he instantly noticed smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment. He quickly vacated the vehicle.

The interior of the motor home was completely destroyed
 The fire grew intensely to the point that it ignited a utility pole an a fence that were immediately adjacent to but not touching the vehicle. The fire was stopped by the Lakeside Fire crews before it could spread to any structures. The motor home, as is obvious from the pictures, was completely destroyed by the fire.

The pole and the fence are visible in this picture
Photos and story by:  Captain Bernie Molloy, Lakeside Fire District

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