Casper Fire-EMS responds to early morning RV fire
CASPER, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - Shortly before 4:00 AM Thursday, Casper Fire-EMS was called to a fire in the 6500 block of Dee Lyle Circle in West Casper.
When crews arrived, they say they found a fifth wheel recreational vehicle fully involved in fire. The fire was also threatening a nearby residence. Firefighters brought the fire under control within minutes. Crews then thoroughly checked the residence to assure there was no extension of the fire to that structure.
Firefighters determined there were no occupants of the RV at the time of the fire and there were no injuries as a result of the fire.
The fire completely destroyed the RV and its contents. The nearby residence sustained some heat damage to siding and the exterior of the roof. There were also some nearby vehicles that sustained some heat damage.
The fire was determined to be an accident. Investigators determined the cause to be an extension cord that was modified to provide power to the RV.
In all, three engines, and one Battalion Chief responded along with fire investigators. They were assisted by Casper Police, Wyoming Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Power. Casper Fire-EMS would like to share a fire safety tip.
Firefighters say, you should never make modification to electrical systems, especially to extension cords. Only use them for their intended purpose and on a temporary basis. They should not be used and/or modified to replace a permanent electric supply. Also, use caution with the load that is placed on the extension cord and that it is less than the capacity of the cord.
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