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The following article was reproduced from the Daily Press issue of August 1, 2004
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Investigators: Faulty fridge sparks blaze
Fire causes at least $250,000 in damage to motor homes, buildings at Range RV in Hesperia
By MIKE CRUZ and JAMES RAMAGE/Daily Press Staff Writers
Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer
Doug Range, parts and service director for Range RV in Victorville,
looks over several RVs that were damaged in an early morning fire Tuesday.
HESPERIA — An early morning fire caused at least $250,000 in damage to motor homes and buildings at
Range RV in Hesperia on Tuesday, officials said.
A motor home was destroyed
and four others damaged, fire officials said, but there were no injuries.
County fire investigators blamed the blaze
on a faulty refrigerator inside a motor home parked at the lot awaiting repairs.
Firefighters said the blaze broke out at 5:30 a.m. inside a motor home parked at the
business in the 11400 block of Mariposa Road, according to Tracey
Martinez, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.
Heat from the fire also caused minor exterior
damage to a nearby parts store at the location. Heavy smoke filled the store.
Range RV, the Victor Valley's largest RV dealership, was closed
at the time of the fire, and no employees were working, said owner Joe Range.
Some of the damaged motor homes belonged to the company. The owners of the other damaged motor
homes were promptly notified of the fire, Range said.
"My employees feel badly that customers' coaches were damaged,"
Range said. "We're highly concerned about our customers,
and have been working hard on getting the store back in shape for business."
Range said his insurance company sent an adjuster and investigator to the scene.
Range said he preferred not to discuss the fire's cause
until the insurance company and fire investigators had made a determination.
Range credited employees at the facility for keeping the business open Tuesday.
"They did a great job of getting the place ready for business again and taking care of customers," Range said.
Mike Cruz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-951-6276.
James Ramage can be reached at email@example.com or 760-951-6242.
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