According to Colorado authorities, two people have died in Cañon City following a fire that started in a “fifth-wheel” camper. A “fifth-wheel” camper is the type of vehicle that is towed behind another vehicle and is often used recreationally. The fire occurred while the recreational vehicle was parked in a mobile home park.
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office has stated that the victims were found on Wednesday morning in a camper that was still on fire. It took the fire department almost an hour to extinguish the flames. The fire left the camper destroyed and the two bodies were found inside.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
Recreational campers of this style are quite common in Colorado, often viewed as the perfect way to find a home away from home. What many people don’t know is that these vehicles can pose a major fire risk, especially when not properly maintained.
A few major concerns to be aware of include propane leaks, leaking fuel and fluid lines, old or faulty wiring, and unsafe cooking methods.