Update: 6:00 pm, 5/13/17, Saturday
URBANA — One person went to the hospital after they were hurt in an RV fire Saturday morning, and a neighbor got it all on video.
The RV was parked right in front of a power pole, so when the RV caught fire, the pole went up in flames with it. It caused a neighborhood-wide power outage on the corner of Green and Anderson. The fire department got the call at around 4:30 am.
Neighbors described being woken up to the smell of smoke and the sound of firetruck alarms and they caught it all on video. Police found one person inside. He was taken to the Springfield burn unit. Neighbors say they saw firefighters pulling several propane tanks from the RV. Power went out about 7:30 am.
Katie Dixon says, “They keep pushing back the time it’s suppose to be turned back on. There’s a lot of stuff burned up back here so who knows when that’s actually going to happen. I think they said the cable lines are down, so we’ll be without cable for awhile.”
Maiko Lehman says, “While I’m standing there, it starts burning a lot, and so we called 911 and they came out. We’re right near the fire department so they got here in five or six minutes. It was really going high, burning near the top of the poles.”
The fire was put out quickly. Neighbors say they’ve seen the camper parked in different areas around the neighborhood for the past few weeks but it didn’t belong to anyone who lived there.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Ameren crews came out to fix the lines around 12:30 pm. They had the power back on within the hour.
Original: 9:00 am, 5/13/17, Saturday
URBANA — Crews responded to a recreational vehicle on fire near the intersection of Green and Anderson streets at 4:23 am, Saturday.
When they arrived, police officers were moving the occupant of the RV away from the fire. The victim was taken to Carle, but then transferred a burn unit in Springfield. No first responders were hurt.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.