After a long, multi-state road trip, Jason Brock was almost back to his Paso Robles home on Tuesday afternoon when he spotted smoke coming from the back of his RV.
Brock quickly pulled over and saw flames. His wife, two daughters and father-in-law all rushed from the massive vehicle while Brock tried to use a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze. But it was too late.
“The fire started burning like crazy,” Brock said. “Everyone got out OK. They all just ran out. Some without shoes.”
With fire crews stretched thin responding to a rash of recent fires in the area, Brock said it took fire units about 30 minutes to respond.
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By the time they arrived, the RV was reduced to a pile of metal and ash. Everything inside, including the shoes and Brock’s Rolex watch, were destroyed.
The fire sparked a small grass fire nearby and briefly shut down Highway 46 near Lost Hills. Crews were able to extinguish the flames and prevent them from spreading. Brock was thankful for those who helped out.
It was a unfortunate conclusion for the trip to visit their son in Montana and a quick, fiery end for the Brock family’s RV.
“I only had the RV for 29 days,” he said.