A man was hurt in a fire that started midday Tuesday (Sept. 3) in an old RV and spread to six other vehicles on the Ives Towing lot, 10198 Old Hwy. 21, in Hillsboro, said Brian Gaudet, chief of the Hillsboro Fire Protection District.
“The RV owner received minor burns,” Gaudet said. “He refused transportation to medical care.”
Gaudet said he wasn’t sure about the RV owner’s town or age.
Employees from the business called the district about the fire at 11:55 a.m., Gaudet said.
The man told firefighters the RV, a 1986 Barth, had been parked at the lot for about a year and a half.
It was “a complete loss,” Gaudet said.
“From our understanding, the gentleman was trying to get the vehicle started,” Gaudet said. “There was a wiring issue, according to the subject. When he attempted to start it, the fire started.”
Gaudet said the six other vehicles on the lot that were damaged by the fire included a Ford F-250 pickup, year unknown; a 1995 GMC Safari van; a Chevrolet Monte Carlo car, year unknown; a Pontiac G6 car, year unknown; a Ford Focus car, year unknown; and a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, year unknown.
“There were different degrees of damages to the other vehicles,” Gaudet said. “Some of them were already damaged (before the fire).”
Gaudet said firefighters quickly brought the fire under control.
“It was under control within nine minutes,” he said. “There was no damage to any structure on the property.”
The De Soto Rural, Hematite, Mapaville and Goldman fire districts and the Valle Ambulance District assisted with the call.