HEMET: Neighborhood rocked by RV blaze, reports of explosions

Firefighters battle an RV fire and deal with multiple reports of explosions. Miguel Shannon photo
Firefighters battle an RV fire and deal with multiple reports of explosions. Miguel Shannon photo

HEMET – A recreational vehicle fire and multiple reports of explosions caused a flood of citizens to call 911 to report the blaze Saturday, Dec. 11.

The fire, which was contained primarily to the RV parked on the east side of AWF Performance Smog and Auto Repair, was reported to City of Hemet Emergency dispatchers about 5:08 p.m. The business is located at 1403 E. Menlo Avenue just east of N. San Jacinto Street in Hemet.

Although only one Hemet Fire Department engine company was initially dispatched to the reported fire, as more 911 calls continued pouring in to the city’s dispatch center, many callers reported hearing multiple explosions coming from the area of the fire.

The RV that caught fire was parked next to an auto repair shop on E. Menlo Ave. Miguel Shannon photo
The RV that caught fire was parked next to an auto repair shop on E. Menlo Ave. Miguel Shannon photo

At that point – and with reports of explosions emanating from the fire – two more engine companies, a battalion commander, and a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire engine company responded to the reported fire and explosions. AMR medics were also dispatched to the fire.

Hemet police officers and deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Hemet and San Jacinto stations responded to the blaze to assist with traffic and crowd control.

The first engine company arrived at the blaze at 5:13 p.m. and reported finding a “well involved RV fire.”

A battalion commander arrived on scene less than one minute after the first arriving fire engine and immediately established the “Menlo Incident Command” for the fire.

The RV was completely destroyed by the fire. Miguel Shannon photo
The RV was completely destroyed by the fire. Miguel Shannon photo

Other engine companies began arriving within minutes and firefighters immediately began an aggressive attack on the fire.

While firefighters worked to knock down the blaze, officials called for the closure of all east and west bound traffic on E. Menlo Avenue, to ensure the safety of on-scene emergency first responders.

By 6 p.m., firefighters had knocked down the RV blaze and were working on hot-spots to ensure against accidental flare-ups. The fire was primarily contained to one RV, which was destroyed by the blaze.

It was not immediately known what the source of the explosions during the fire was; however the explosions were believed to have been caused by propane tanks from or around the RV fire.

There were no reported injuries to citizens or firefighters related to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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