After efforts to put out a fire in the engine compartment of his motor home failed, Lanis Owens unhooked his pickup truck and drove home to Mesa, Department of Public Safety Officer Dennis Buller said Tuesday.
It was about 10:45 p.m. when Department of Public Safety officers were called to a fire nearly 30 miles south of Payson on Highway 87.
Owens pulled off the highway when he noticed flames coming from his 1984 Executive model coach. He and another motorist tried to put out the flames, but the fire was already too far gone. That's when Owens decided to save his truck and head south, Buller said.
Fully engulfed in flames when officers arrived, the motor home was parked on the shoulder of the northbound lanes at Kitty Joe Canyon. The highway was closed for about an hour while firefighters extinguished the blaze.
Owens called police and relayed the story when he got home at about 1 a.m., Buller said. The motor home was a mere pile of melted metal and ashes by then.
No citations were issued, Buller said.