Strong winds and an exploding propane tank contributed to the destruction of four recreational vehicles Monday (Dec. 31) in the Big Bend Resort, located on the California side of the Colorado River across from Buckskin Mountain State Park.
The fire started under the motor of a late 1980s motorhome and spread to the rest of the RV then to the propane tank on the side of the vehicle, causing it to ignite, according to Today’s News-Herald, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
“It shot a fireball out that took out the other two (vehicles) and then the wind carried it,” said San Bernardino County Fire Capt. Steven Sipe.
The motorhome, another mid 1990s model motorhome and two fairly new fifth-wheel trailers were considered a complete loss, with an estimated combined value of about $100,000. The value of damage to the contents of the vehicles was estimated at about another $100,000 and damage to the surrounding park – electrical system, trees and cabanas – was estimated at about another $20,000.
There were no injuries resulting from the fire, which remains under investigation.
“There was a park model on one side and a $400,000 motorhome on the other. We were able to get there on time to save those,” Sipe said.
A total of seven people were displaced as a result of the blaze and Big Bend Resort offered to house all of the victims.