The Clarksville, Ind., Fire Department is investigating what started as a mattress fire and later engulfed several vehicles at Campers Inn RV late Wednesday (April 12) afternoon. 

The News and Tribune reported that Clarksville firefighters responded to Newman Avenue around 4:30 p.m. When crews arrived, there were up to several hundred mattresses on fire, Chief Brandon Skaggs said.

The mattresses were located under a carport next to a lot of RVs at Campers Inn RV, a 38-year-old dealership formerly known as Tom Stinnett Derby City RV that was recently acquired by Campers Inn. The dealership is located between Clarion Hotel and Derby Dinner Playhouse.

The mattress fire soon extended to nearby RVs, with flames engulfing multiple vehicles and damaging others. Loud popping noises were attributed to propane tanks catching fire.

Skaggs said crews attacked the fire aggressively, but were interrupted by a water main failure that lasted around seven minutes. The fire chief requested tankers and assistance from Jeffersonville and Sellersburg fire departments. Around 25 firefighters were on scene.

“This was a fast evolving scene and teamwork here with Tom Stinnett (Campers Inn), Clarksville police, Clarksville fire, Jeffersonville fire, [we were] able to get a really god knock on the fire and … to save a lot of the property,” Skaggs said.

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