Motor home a complete loss after morning fire

Humboldt Bay Fire crews responded to an early morning report of a motor home on fire that resulted in a total loss and no injuries.

Humboldt Bay Fire officials responded to a motor home fire this morning that resulted in a total loss, but there were no injuries.

Fire Capt. Patrick Beyer said one fire engine and a truck responded to the 1700 block of 10th Street near Cooper Gulch Park around 8:30 a.m. to the report of a Winnebago Super Chief motor home on fire with a person possibly trapped inside.

"When we arrived on scene there was smoke and flames visible from the motor home, but no one was trapped inside," Beyer said. "The fire had something to do with the motor, but we were able to extinguish it within five minutes."

The owner, who declined to give his name, said he was driving over the Samoa Bridge when something starting happening with the throttle.

"I knew something wasn't right, so I pulled off and it started smoking and the fire starting coming from the motor," he said. "I tried to extinguish it myself but I didn't have any water or anything, just two fire extinguishers. Everything was fiberglass, so it all just started melting."

He said the motor home had been parked at a campground for the past six years but when it closed he had to move the motor home. He added that he was going to be selling the motor home next week.

"I had it pretty much sold and the person really liked it," he said. "I guess that won't be happening now."

Beyer said the motor home was a complete loss.