Friday, August 21, 2009

Motor home catches fire on highway

BERNE TOWNSHIP — Carol Coffman watched Thursday as firefighters extinguished the last flames that consumed her 1987 Toyota motor home.
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She could see the nose of the truck and not much else.

The motor home was a pile of blackened refuse -- nothing recognizable but a propane tank, a small grill and wheels with their rubber tires melted off -- along the U.S. 33 bypass between Ross and Hamburg roads.

"It was my pride and joy," Coffman said of the camper. "I've been camping in tents all my life."

Her son, 23-year-old Jon Coffman, was driving the motor home west on U.S. 33 when he smelled smoke. He looked behind him to see smoke billowing from the rear right tire on the driver's side. The fire soon spread from the back of the vehicle to the front, he said.

"Once I pulled over, there was smoke billowing out from beneath the sink where the water tanks are and the stove and the heating unit," he said.
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