Tahlequah Daily Press

September 20, 2013

Tahlequah firefighters put down RV blaze

Officials say cause of fire has yet to be determined; no one injured

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah firefighters responded Thursday afternoon when the inside of a recreational vehicle caught fire behind Finish Line on South Muskogee Avenue.

“When we got here, we thought someone could be inside,” Tahlequah Fire Capt. Casey Baker said.

Firefighters had to force their way into the RV. Baker said firefighters determined no one was inside the large vehicle and then began to extinguish the blaze, which appeared to have originated somewhere in the back, near a bedroom.

Firefighters were forced to shatter windows to allow heat and smoke to exit the RV, and the inside of the RV suffered smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire had not been identified Thursday afternoon.

Baker estimated the fire department used 600 gallons of water to suppress the flames.

Local resident Michael McQueen reported the fire after he spotted smoke coming from the RV at around noon. McQueen said he notified other people in the area, and attempts were made to get into the RV through a window, but it wouldn’t break.

“I’m just glad no one was inside,” McQueen said.

Baker said fire department officials were attempting to track down the owner of the RV shortly after the fire.

Firefighters were on the scene for more than hour.

--jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com