Fire destroys motor home on 1000 East; STGnews Videocast

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A motor home caught fire at 1000 E and Red Hills Parkway Thursday April 23, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A father and son from Paragonah, in town for a mountain man rendezvous in Veyo, had their weekend ruined when their motor home caught fire Thursday at 1000 East and Red Hills Parkway in St. George.

St. George Fire Chief Robert Stoker said a 911 call came in at about 3:15 p.m. reporting a vehicle fire. Upon arrival, responders found an older class A motor home engulfed in flames in the engine compartment and passenger area.

Stoker said the fire appeared to be caused by a mechanical malfunction in the engine compartment, as the driver had reported smoke coming from the engine cover into the passenger area.

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A motor home caught fire at 1000 E and Red Hills Parkway Thursday April 23, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Both passengers escaped without injury; however, the father was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. He refused transport to the hospital.

The motor home sustained major damage to the front end and passenger compartment. Salvage operations were underway to save what items could be retrieved from the motor home, including several antique guns that were in a compartment under the rear bed.

The father and son have no family in St. George. The Red Cross was called to assist them with food and shelter.

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A motor home caught fire at 1000 E and Red Hills Parkway Thursday April 23, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Stoker said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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