An unexplained early morning blaze at a local campground Friday destroyed a large motor home, but firefighters managed to keep the flames from spreading to nearby trailers and trees.
While it took firefighters roughly 20 minutes to get a handle on the fire in the Payson Campground, 808 E. Highway 260, it took some time to get residents calmed down.
Given the narrow roads in the campground, many people were trying to drive out as fire engines were trying to get in. Some residents were yelling to evacuate.
Fire Chief Marty deMasi said there was no need for an evacuation order given the flames were contained to one travel trailer.
“A lot of people were trying to get out or trying to get in to see what was going on,” he said. “The roadways aren’t real big, so it is not conducive to two-way traffic.”
Sometime just after 1 a.m., a neighbor noticed the motor home, in space 65, was on fire. When firefighters arrived, the structure, located toward the back of the park, was “pretty well involved” sending flames and smoke high into the sky, deMasi said.
The trailer’s owners were not home at the time. The couple had left earlier in the day for Glendale.
The couple said they had buttoned up the trailer before they left. They told deMasi they rarely use their grill, are not smokers and didn’t think they had left any small appliances on.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, although it is suspected to have started inside the camper toward the center.
Firefighters had the fire out at 2:30 a.m. No one was injured and no other homes were damaged.