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Motor home catches on fire at I-15 Mission Road off ramp

A motor home carrying six people caught on fire as the driver exited Interstate 15 southbound onto the Mission Road off ramp yesterday at approximately 2 p.m.

Just prior to exiting the freeway, the driver said he heard some unusual noises and shortly afterward the engine compartment caught on fire.

“None of the occupants of the motor home were harmed,” said John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire.

Buchanan said units from North County Fire and Rainbow Volunteer Fire Department responded to the incident and extinguished the flames that had engulfed about 25 percent of the 32-foot vehicle, which was manufactured in 1989.

While Buchanan said traffic was not affected for an extended period of time, the Mission Road off ramp was closed for almost two hours. During that time, traffic intending to exit that off ramp led to back up at the State Route 76 exit.

Curious onlookers also delayed traffic for the first 30 minutes following the incident, Buchanan said.

The occupants of the motor home said they were going on vacation, Buchanan said.

“They were coming from the Banning or Beaumont area and heading to Camp Pendleton for a camping trip,” he explained.


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