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Old 07-26-2015, 09:50 PM   #1
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Our motorhome went up in flames….

Came home from a 2 week/2400 mile trip. DW smelled ‘something’ the last few miles, but thought it came from outside…it was very faint. Pulled up to the house and turned off the engine.

DW got out and saw smoke coming from the front grill (2011 Fleetwood Storm). I got the fire extinguisher and aimed it at the source of the smoke, behind the grill. Took all of 30 seconds to empty it… By this time we saw flames.

I got the nearest water hose and aimed it at the flames. DW got another hose and did the same. The water only create a lot of smoke and did not stop the flames. By that time we called the fire department.
DW and the puppy were smart enough to walk away over the property. I still thought I was going to be able to make a difference with the single water hose. After a few minutes I gave up because the smoke was suffocating me.

Walked away from the coach and less than a minute later the LPG tank exploded, setting a 50+foot Bull pine on fire right in front of our house.
The fire trucks arrived within 10 minutes… took them 20 minutes to kill the fire.

We’re all safe, which is most important. The MH is a total loss. There was quite a lot of damage to the property; double garage door melted, 5 large trees burned, a 50’ x 40’ patch of our driveway needed to be replaced. We just accepted the (revised) insurance offer for the MH. Still working on the home insurance. The fire started in the engine area.

Lessons learned:
-you need way more than 1 fire extinguisher in the MH.
- if you can’t kill the fire the first few minutes, run.
- I am not so sure about a gas coach anymore, sitting right on top of the engine… I think we’ll start looking for a DP in the next months.
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Old 07-26-2015, 09:55 PM   #2
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Ouch , double ouch and

Glad you and yours got out safely.

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Old 07-26-2015, 09:59 PM   #3
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Glad ya'll were able to get out safe!
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for sharing your story. Glad you are all ok. I hope your insurance comes through for you.

Do you know what the origin of the fire was?
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:04 PM   #5
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Yep, glad everyone is OK!
We kind of wonder if that happened to us would we be able to find and remover all 6 cats and ourselves in time!! I think not!
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:05 PM   #6
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Motor homes, trees and driveways can be fixed and replaced, people cant. I'm glad you all bade it out safe. Let us know if the actual cause is ever determined.
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:23 PM   #7
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Wow, wow, wow! Great everyone is ok!
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:41 PM   #8
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Wait until the Dometic fridge people see this one
PS glad you are safe and sound
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:53 PM   #9
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Just frightening...so glad all are OK
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while sorry for the tragedy, glad you got home and not on the highway when the exploding happened. material things can be replaced, the most important is you all safe. take a good care!!
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As others have said, I am so glad to hear that you all are OK It is times like this that do remind us what is important. Wishing you the best on getting back on the road.
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Wow, I am so glad you, your wife and pet escaped unharmed.
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Good grief!!!!!!!!! I'm glad you all got out in time.

This is my greatest fear since we have 4 cats. Unlike dogs they would not run out with us.
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Wow. Devastating damage but glad you're all ok.


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