TOPEKA, Kan.(Topeka Capital Journal)- Dennis Millard was watching the news on TV on Friday night while his RV, almost packed and ready for a 7-hour trip to Iowa with his grandkids, idled near his barn.
When he walked outside, he saw what looked like a grass fire underneath the vehicle. Fire appeared to be dripping from the front of the RV’s undercarriage.
Millard first tried to use a garden hose to extinguish the blaze, but it only grew hotter.
Millard called 911 around 6 p.m., and Shawnee Heights Fire Department crews arrived at his home on S.E. 2nd about ten minutes later.
Battalion Chief Scott Price said when crews arrived, the RV was on fire and the barn next to it was starting to catch fire also.
Crews initially had trouble gaining access to the property because their engine was too wide to enter between two concrete columns at the end of the driveway. Price said firefighters had to run the hoses out from a greater distance before they could begin to fight the flames.
Seven minutes after their arrival, the fire was deemed under control, Price said.
Millard thought the fire was started by a fuel leak, and he said he was glad the fire started before he and his faily left on their trip to Iowa for a family reunion Sunday.