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Fire destroys motor home fire; plus damages Coast Auto Sales building

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Mike Ellebrecht’s photo shows extent of smoke. Click to enlarge.

Fire broke out inside motor home Friday afternoon that was parked behind Coast Auto Sales, just south of Burger King in Newport, on Highway 101. The blaze consumed the motor home, tires, and damaged other vehicles parked near it to the rear of the business. The work area where cars are repaired was heavily damaged as well.

An employee of the business said the motor home had just been cleaned in preparation for sales when the fire erupted and spread quickly. The west wall of the business as well as numerous tires went up in flame as well. Numerous loud booms, from exploding tires, was heard throughout the area. At one point fire fighters were in retreat after they grew low on water and the fire had spread to an area containing a propane tank. It did not explode.

No injuries. Cause of the fire was determined to be dry wood and natural materials being ignited by hot slag from grinding. The Newport Fire Department reminds everyone to maintain a fire watch for at least an hour after doing any work that can generate slag or sparks, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rob Murphy. The business was the site of another vehicle fire that erupted earlier this year during a welding job on a gas tank. The SUV on top of a car transport trailer was destroyed, as well as a car on the lower level.

Newport firefighters were assisted by firefighters from Seal Rock and Toledo in battling today’s blaze.

 

 

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