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Eight vehicles owned by La Mesa RV Center in San Diego burned at a storage lot on Ruffner Road near California 52 on Friday. But the fire, according to local news reports, could have been much worse.
An employee at the offices of La Mesa RV Center in the 4400 Block of Copley Park Place said debris from the fire drifed over the showroom’s offices, which are several blocks from the fire. A large cloud of smoke from the fire was said to have slowed traffic on nearby state routes 163 and 52.
The fire began after 11 a.m. and was declared a two-alarm blaze by the San Diego Fire Department shortly before noon. Firefighters on the ground were aided in their efforts by an emergency services helicopter and had the blaze under control within an hour.
Workers at the lot tried to put the fire out themselves, but eventually had to give up and call 911.
Michael Bourne, an employee at La Mesa RV Center, said the fire started when a wholesaler checked out some old RV’s. “He cranked up the motorhome, the engine, to see if it would run,” Bourne told a local NBC affiliate. “They went over to another one and were working on it, couldn’t get it to run, and he looked back and saw that this motorhome was on fire.”
La Mesa RV’s management indicated that the fire did about $100,000 worth of damage.