Fire destroys two RVs at campground
Updated On: Apr 10 2014 05:56:20 PM CDT
A fast moving fire reduced two RVs to ruble at Eagle's Peak Campground in Millcreek Township, Lebanon County.
"I was sitting on the other side of my trailer splitting wood and my buddy here comes walking over and just started hollering fire fire fire," said Bob Smith, who owns one of the RVs that burned to the ground.
High flames were shooting from a trailer and there was so much black smoke that it could be seen more than 30 miles away.
"This was an inferno. It was insane," said George Snyder who witnessed the fire.
Crews say, with the high winds, it did not take long to spread to a neighboring camper.
"We had two campers fully involved, it was going to the bathhouse and it was working its way up some of the 60, 70 foot pine trees here. And with the high winds we had, we really had a challenge on our hands," said Millcreek Township EMA Coordinator Mike Belleman.
Witnesses quickly jumped into action.
George Synder says he went into the second camper on fire to try and grab his friend's truck keys to move it and the golf cart away.
They were also concerned about propane tanks attached to the trailers and BBQ grills.
"The main thing I was worried about were these tanks. I grabbed one off of here when the fire was here and then it just went up," said Snyder.
It took fire crews about an hour to get the blaze under control.
No one was injured, however a bath house and laundry room were also destroyed.
"Lucky that nobody got hurt. You can replace material things, but nobody got hurt," said Smith.
The fire is still under investigation, however officials suspect a burning leaf pile farther away carried embers to the campers, which ignited the blaze.
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