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An early morning fire caused at least $250,000 in damage to motorhomes and buildings at Range RV in Hesperia, Calif., on Tuesday (Aug. 31), according to a report in the Daily Press, Victorville, Calif.
A motorhome was destroyed and four others damaged, fire officials said, but there were no injuries.
Firefighters said the blaze broke out around 5:30 a.m. at the business in the 11400 block of Mariposa Road, according to Tracey Martinez, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
Heat and heavy smoke from the fire also caused minor exterior damage to a nearby parts store at the location.
Range RV, the Victor Valley’s largest RV dealership, was closed at the time of the fire, and no employees were working, said owner Joe Range.
Some of the damaged motorhomes were part of the inventory at the dealership. The owners of the other damaged motorhomes were promptly notified of the fire, Range said.
“My employees feel badly that customers’ coaches were damaged,” Range said. “We’re highly concerned about our customers, and have been working hard on getting the store back in shape for business.”
County fire investigators initially blamed the blaze on a faulty refrigerator inside a motorhome parked at the lot awaiting repairs.
Range said his insurance company sent an adjuster and investigator to the scene and he preferred not to discuss the fire’s cause until they had made a final determination.
Range credited employees at the facility for keeping the business open Tuesday.
“They did a great job of getting the place ready for business again and taking care of customers,” Range said.