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Two transported after RV fire

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The Hobbs Fire Department responded to an RV fire Thursday off Stanolind Road where two people were transported for medical treatment after sustaining “minor” burn injuries, according to a fire official.

On Thursday afternoon, Hobbs fire and EMS personnel were dispatched to an RV park located at the 1800 block of South 14th Street near the Stanolind cemetery. After the fire was extinguished, HFD personnel carried out a burned refrigerator and conducted “mop up” at the scene, while Fire Marshal Shawn Williams was also at the scene to begin an investigation into the blaze. Hobbs police officers and Lea County Sheriff’s Office deputies blocked off the street’s entrance from traffic.

At the fire scene, Hobbs Fire Chief Manny Gomez said Fire Station One received the call around 3:40 p.m.

“When we came we found a trailer house or RV — a small RV that was on fire with two burn victims,” Gomez said. “Both were transported. Both with minor burns. One in the upper extremities … I’m not for sure what degree and the other was more of the lower extremities — feet area.”

Gomez said personnel observed what area the fire was located in the RV.

“After investigation, we noticed that the fire was in the area of the refrigerator and what we call the boiler,” he said. “They were trying to light the actual pilot. Get that started because they were just moving in. That’s what we think.”

However, the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

“But we have a good understanding and grasp of the area of origin,” he said.

Gomez wasn’t sure of the extent of the fire’s damage on the RV, but noted that “unfortunately” it doesn’t take much damage to a small RV’s electrical wiring to total it.

“The fuel source that we noted here was propane,” he said. “We did find two approximately five gallon propane (tanks). You may not use that in your home, but you probably use it in cooking out. Be extremely careful. If you don’t know what you’re doing, search it on the web. Call the fire department. We can help with that as well.”


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