No one injured in Quilcene RV fire

QUILCENE — No one was reported injured in a recreational vehicle fire in the Hazel Point area of Coyle last week.

“It was a little exciting for a while. We were in panic mode because we initially thought it was occupied, but it turned out there was no one home,” said Quilcene Fire Rescue Chief Tim McKern after the fire on Friday.

The fire started on the stove in the vehicle, which became engulfed, but it didn’t extend beyond that, he said. Estimated loss was $40,000.

Further excitement was provided by one very large propane tank and several smaller ones.

“They began off-gassing, so we had to cool down those tanks so they didn’t catch on fire. The popping we heard were the five-gallon tanks,” McKern said.

The fire was reported at 4 p.m. and took a little more than an hour to get under control, although firefighters stayed on scene until about 10:30 p.m. performing cleanup and other duties, McKern said.

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Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at brian.gawley@sound publishing.com.

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