Friday May 27, 2016 at approximately 8:40 PM. Hemet, CA at Florida Ave and Lake St. Police and Fire responded to an RV in flames on Lake St at the intersection with Florida Ave.
The fire originally was reported to be a mobile home fire but first responders discovered when arriving on scene that the flames were originating from a recreational vehicle stopped on Lake St at the intersection with Florida Ave. Witnesses stated that they heard two loud explosions which shook their homes before going outside to investigate.
Witness testimonial sent to me. Identity withheld for anonymity:
We were turning and we were the first on the scene. My daughter’s brought to our attention and stated that the motor home was burning from the bottom so we stopped and we ran to see if anyone was inside. But once my husband and another man got closer the fire began to spread. Then my hubby and the other man was trying to control car from getting near by. It began to explode and I notice the electricity wires were above the fire so I told him to move away. We were going by because we were going to decorate the Church on the corner for a wedding the next day. My husband is the one who called.
Hemet Fire and Cal Fire responded quickly and extinguished the flames within minutes. The occupants of the vehicle were nowhere to be found and the RV seemed to be abandoned after an unknown cause started the fire which incinerated it.
Southern California Edison arrived on scene to assess the power lines and police began closing the surrounding streets and evacuating nearby homes due to the threat caused by the RV fire. After the blaze was extinguished, officers began to control traffic allowing vehicles to drive past the scene.
At the moment the identity of the occupant/s or owners of the RV remains unclear and the same can be said about what caused the RV to explode. Apart from what we heard on scene from witnesses; fire and police; an official statement has not been released regarding the details surrounding this incident.
If any new information becomes available; an update to this article will be released.
- On scene: John Strangis, Eddie George and Laurie Cain for Hemet Eye News
- Thanks to Trevor Montgomery of Riverside County News Source
UPDATE 3: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING FULLY INVOLVED RV FIRE IN HEMET