Motorhome Blaze Shuts Down US 97 in Orondo Area

Motorhome fire

Chelan County Fire District 4 Chief Jim Oatey reports in a news release, At 11:30 Thursday morning Orondo Fire was dispatched to the report of a car fire on US97 10 miles north of Orondo. On arrival a fully engulfed motorhome was found burning along the roadway.

Orondo Firefighters used foam enhanced water to extinguish the fire. Firefighting activities took over an hour due to the fuel load of a motorhome with most components being burnable. A propane tank located in the floor compartments was venting sporadically shooting a large ball of flames out of the base of the motorhome on the passenger side creating a danger for the firefighters.

motorhome fire

Once the fire was knocked down firefighters went through the wreckage digging out hotspots and applying more water. A total of 3,800 gallons of water was consumed suppled by two engines and one water tender. Eight firefighters responded to the call and put the fire out wearing self-contained breathing apparatus necessity to protect their lungs from the toxins released from the synthetic and plastic materials burning in the vehicle.

motorhome fire

The motorhome owner related they were driving at highway speed when flames erupted out the engine compartment located in the back cabin of the motorhome. Their brakes then failed forcing them to roll to a stop. They were able to unhitch a pickup being towed by the motorhome and move it clear of the fire undamaged. Firefighters were able to save a large number of personnel affects stored in compartments under the floor of the vehicle.


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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.