Fire destroys motor home

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
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Motorhome Fire

MOTORHOME FIRE – Decatur fire fighters investigate the scene after an RV was destroyed in a blaze Wednesday night. Messenger photo by Austin Jackson

A fire consumed a motor home stored in the 1100 block of Business U.S. 81/287 in Decatur Wednesday night.

Decatur Deputy Fire Chief Nate Mara said the motor home was likely unoccupied after initial investigation.

At 10:04 p.m. Decatur police officers were on patrol when they noticed a light in the field where the motor home was stored and notified the Decatur Fire Department. A blaze broke out, but was contained within minutes by the fire department.

“PD was doing their standard night patrols and happened to glance over and thought it looked out of character for it to be lit up and it was actually on fire,” Mara said.

Boyd firefighters assisted in the containment effort.

Mara said wind and the Decatur Fire Department’s efforts helped prevent what could have been a more serious situation, with a fuel storage tank and other structures nearby.

“The guys did a good job of knocking down the body of the fire and the wind helped us out a little bit blowing away from the storage tanks,” Mara said. “Had the wind been blowing in a different direction it could have been a little different.”

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