Monday, November 03, 2008

Camping trip disrupted by RV fire

Mike Gatrost and two of his friends were supposed to spend Sunday evening catching fish at Lake Shawnee. Instead, the Topekan sifted through the ashes of his 1987 Pace Arrow recreational vehicle and recalled the times he had spent in it.

"I was hoping it was a dream. Instead, it's a nightmare. That's reality right there," Gatrost said Sunday pointing to his RV that was destroyed by a fire. "I lived in it for three years in California."
Gatrost and his friends were going to spend a quiet Sunday evening fishing at Lake Shawnee and then camp in Gatrost's RV. After jump-starting the RV, Gatrost noticed smoke and flames.

Gage Reynolds, 14, of Topeka, was visiting his grandparents next door to where Gatrost's RV was parked. He noticed flames, too.

"We tried to put it out," Reynolds said, as he shared photographs and video of flames shooting from the RV. "It was so big."

Shawnee Heights Fire District received a call about an RV fire at 6:23 p.m. Sunday, said Mark Engholm, public information officer.

"When we arrived on scene, there was heavy smoke and flames," Engholm said. "It was completely engulfed."
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