Fire on I-70 ends Okla. couple’s camping plans

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 8:41 PM
Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013 @ 9:03 PM

An Oklahoma couple on their way for a week of camping were waylaid Monday night when a fire heavily damaged their recreational vehicle and truck.

The fire temporarily closed down all lanes on westbound Interstate 70 near Ohio 49 shortly after 7 p.m.

Englewood fire Lt. Tyler Mangas said the back portion of the RV caught fire.

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Flames spread to the front of the Ford F-150 that was being towed and it was also heavily damaged.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Mangas said the owners reported they had bought the RV and truck new less than a month ago and recently got warranty work done.

No one was injured but damages were estimated at $325,000 for the RV and $50,000 for the truck.

The couple was on their way to a campground when the driver noticed smoke through a rear-mounted camera and pulled over.

The RV was already engulfed in flames, according to the owner.

Ironically, the fire stopped the Norman, Okla. couple’s vacation plans as a massive tornado ripped through their home state.

The couple told News Center 7 they had learned their home was not damaged in the tornado, but some friends were affected.

They said they were able to save much of the contents in the RV.