November 20, 2014

Medina
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Motor home burns to a crisp along north I-71

MONTVILLE TWP. — A fully engulfed motor home was extinguished this morning by Medina firefighters along northbound Interstate 71, about four miles south of Medina Road.

Sandra Lesher, of Olmsted Falls, was traveling with her husband north along the highway when the 1977 Chevy motor home filled up with smoke. The couple pulled over and soon thereafter the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames, she said.

Medina Fire Department firefighters extinguished a burning motor home this morning that was traveling north along Interstate 71, about four miles south of Medina Road, in Montville Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Medina Fire Department firefighters extinguished a burning motor home this morning that was traveling north along Interstate 71, about four miles south of Medina Road, in Montville Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

“We lost everything,” Lesher said. “Our camping equipment, furniture and clothes are all gone.”

The couple was returning from a Memorial Day weekend camping trip in Holmes County, Lesher said. The only possession the Leshers were able to save from the fire was their motorcycle, which was being hauled in a trailer behind the motor home.

The cause of the fire likely came from the exhaust system of the motor home, Medina Fire Chief Bob Painter said.

“It looks like the exhaust might have hit something along the road, overheated and caught on fire,” the chief said.

There were no injuries resulting from the fire to the Leshers, other motorists traveling along north I-71 or to on-scene firefighters, Painter said.

The fire started about 10:15 a.m. today and was extinguished in approximately 30 minutes, Painter said.

“It (the motor home) was mostly gone when we got there,” he said.

In addition to Medina and Medina Township firefighters, troopers from the Ohio Highway Patrol and members of the Medina Life Support Team responded to the scene.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.