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RV Catches Fire in La Cresta

The owner of a 2006 Winnebago Vectra said he pulled off the road when he noticed flames coming from the rear of the RV, where the engine was located.

An RV caught fire in La Cresta Friday as the owner was returning home from having it serviced in Murrieta.

It was around 12:30 p.m. when Mike Maynard, 50, said he noticed flames were coming from the rear of his 2006 Winnebago Vectra as he turned the corner from Avenida La Cresta onto Calle Centro. The flames appeared in his camera, he told Patch.

Maynard said he pulled off the roadway to an area that was clear of brush, and immediately went to work with a fire extinguisher.

"I went to go put it out but it was too late," Maynard said. "I used up the fire extinguisher within minutes but it kept going."

A bystander called 911, he said.

Four CAL FIRE/Riverside County fire engines and one Cleveland National Forest engine responded to Calle Centro and Avenida La Cresta at about 12:34 p.m., CAL FIRE/Riverside County Spokesperson Melody Hendrickson confirmed.

According to Hendrickson, crews had the fire knocked down by 12:58 p.m.

"They got here fast," Maynard said. "As soon as the guy called they were here within minutes. But there was obviously nothing they could have done to save it."

The RV had been worth about $300,000 brand new, Maynard said, and only had 8,000 miles on it.

Friday morning, he had new tires installed and the doorstep fixed. Because the fire started in the engine, he said he didn't believe the fire could be a result of work performed at the service center.

"It is what it is," Maynard said. "Nobody was hurt and other than the motor home, it doesn't look like anything else got damaged."

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