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No one was injured in a massive fire Thursday (July 7) evening that destroyed about 80 motorhomes, travel trailers, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles in the parking lot of a dealership in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area.
According to a report in the Salt Lake City Tribune, the owner of Advanced RV Supply, Dave Lloret, estimated the damage to be around $700,000 to $800,000.
“I’m at the mercy of my insurance company now,” he said. “My mind’s a blur right now. It’s an ugly day for me.”
Following an investigation, a 12-year-old boy confessed to starting the fire. The boy told investigators that he was in a back corner of the RV lot, lighting fireworks with a friend. One of the fireworks lit a propane tank, which then started the overall fire.
It took between 20 and 25 firefighters to extinguish the three-alarm blaze, which started about 7:30 p.m. in the west side of the parking lot, said West Valley City Fire Capt. Kris Romijn.
The firefighters were able to contain flames, which emitted a black column of smoke, mostly to the parking lot, though it did spread to the parking terrace of a nearby apartment building, where it damaged a vehicle.