SunLand fire razes RV, chars two others

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — A recreational vehicle in which a fire department spokesman said two people had been staying in the SunLand community just north of Sequim burned in a Saturday morning fire that damaged two adjacent RVs.

Patrick Young, public information officer for Clallam County Fire District No. 3, said the fire was reported at 9:22 a.m. by a person passing by the RV storage area of the SunLand community, just east of the intersection of Sequim-Dungeness Way and Woodcock Road.

District No. 3 crews arrived at 9:31 a.m. and extinguished the fire in about 15 minutes, Young said, but remained there for about an hour and a half stamping down hot spots in the wreckage.

No one was injured in the fire, Young said, and the man and woman who were staying in the vehicle were not present when the fire started.

“They showed up after the fire was extinguished,” Young said.

Young said the man and woman were in contact with the American Red Cross’ Olympic Peninsula chapter about finding a temporary place to stay.

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire, the investigation into which Young said could take about a week.

“We don’t know as of yet,” he said.

Young said he did not think the fire caused any actual explosions in the RVs, though nearby residents could have heard propane lines blowing off the tanks connected to the RVs and mistaken that sound for an explosion.

“The rush of propane kind of makes an explosion sound,” he explained.

The fire that destroyed the RV — a camper over a pickup truck bed — also seriously damaged an adjacent fifth-wheel camper trailer and scorched the outside of a nearby motorhome-style RV, Young said.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

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