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courtesy: Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue

Apr 18, 2015 5:22 PM

Engine fire in Thornton starts in camper, jumps to house


THORNTON - A fire that started in a motor home jumped to a ranch home while the vehicle was parked in a driveway on Mill Brook Road Saturday afternoon.

Fire officials say they got the call at 2:10 p.m. when a man who was backing the 38-foot motor home into his brother's driveway noticed fire coming from the engine compartment. By the time firefighters arrive, the fire had spread to the one-story home and was threatening a nearby detached garage.

The two-alarm fire drew firefighters from 10 area towns, who drew water from a 20,000 gallon cistern on Hidden Acres Road. Firefighters had the blaze under control in about an hour.

Fire officials say the motor home was a complete loss and the house suffered significant smoke and water damage. There were no injuries and the fire is under investigation.

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