09/21/10 72 W, 1 I - + 6 - 4 Sunday's Motor Home Fire on Interstate 40

WTVD posted footage Sunday of the motor-home fire on Interstate 40 near Highway 54. That's Engine 8 along with other units on scene. They made three trips on the big road that day. This incident, plus two accidents. The story includes an interview with the driver, and bystanders who stopped to assist. Right time, right place for the camera crew, that's for sure! Click to watch the video:

E8, Western Wake 196, E14, RPD. A house fire on wheels! An all around good job!
A.C. Rich - 09/21/10 - 21:53

Interesting!! Shoulda’ had a ladder on that job!!!! A house is a house!!! Horizontal venting after knock down???? Hahahahahahahahaha…..Never seen one burning and always wondered if a full assignment (requiring a Dispatcher on their P’s and Q’s to realize this just ain’t a car!) would go or if the standard one engine with a blocker.
Silver - 09/21/10 - 22:03

We actually did ladder the roof!
A.C. Rich - 09/21/10 - 22:14

Nice!! Interior Ops????
Silver - 09/21/10 - 23:22

My main question is about salvage and overhaul ;-)

I mean the occupants would want to salvage what can be saved right?
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 09/21/10 - 23:46

Maybe something in the glove box or fridge was salvageable???
Silver - 09/22/10 - 00:47

Were there any propane cylinders involved? I have heard that is one of the hidden dangers in the rear of an RV…
Bob P. - 09/22/10 - 06:31

LP – driver’s side storage bay behind front wheel (no exposure) and the tank was isolated (valve closed) . Interior – heat/smoke damage throughout and some salvagable items. If it was in a cabinet forward of the rear bedroom, it received mainly smoke damage. There were no significant interior ops – the main body of the fire burned up and out the rear. It was interesting, but the fire damage inside was minimal except at the rear where the master bedroom was located. More items were stored under the truck in the storage bays (similar to a bus).
A.C. Rich - 09/22/10 - 07:30

This may be a dumb question but on the vid it seems they are fighting it from the outside? Wouldnt it be best to fight from unburned to burned? Im sure this was considered but was it checked prior to the attack? Just wundering….Not Bashing
Unknown - 09/22/10 - 07:48

Rented one of these, not as big, in May for a baseball stadium trip on the East Coast. Naturally, as a firemanI checked it out and was amazed at the hidden dangers in these things. Just never really thought about them before…
Silver - 09/22/10 - 11:34

There goes $100,000 up in flames.
Martinez (Email) - 09/22/10 - 12:05

looks like an engine compartment fire, which would be inaccessible from the inside… could be wrong…
CFP 7021 - 09/22/10 - 17:04

Wow… well, here’s more for your enjoyment… There was minimal fire on the inside (see earlier post) as the fire originated from the engine compartment and extended quickly to the rear plastic gel-coated exterior. If there was significant fire in the inside of the vehicle, you would have seen a very rapid flame progression and roll-over out the door. As we know, the interiors of these vehicles are almost 100% synthetic and lightweight in nature.

Also, the vehicle interior was actually searched before the attack was made, even after the owners stated there was no one inside. Underneath the “plastic” rear exterior covering was a couple of layers of OSB sheeting and this separation material prevented significant fire extension into the interior. There was heat and smoke transfer into the interior via small openings in the rear corners at the roof and where the fire had began to breach the sheeting. If we had been about two minutes later, an interior attack would have been appropriate. However, and in this case, if an interior attack was made, the “seat of the fire” would have been untouched. Finally, the firefighter’s attack location and water/foam stream placement was exactly where I told him. Regardless, it was still an interesting sight upon first arrival!
A.C. Rich - 09/22/10 - 23:46

Awesome!! Thanks for the info Cap’. Very helpful.
Silver - 09/22/10 - 23:56

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