December 22, 2014

Medina
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Motor home consumed in fire along I-71

MONTVILLE TWP. — A fire destroyed a motor home traveling north Thursday morning on Interstate 71.

Sandra Lesher of Olmsted Falls said she and her husband were returning from a Memorial Day holiday camping trip in Holmes County when their 1977 Chevrolet motor home filled with smoke.

Medina firefighters extinguished a burning motor home Thursday morning that was traveling north on Interstate 71 about 4 miles south of state Route 18 in Montville Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

Medina firefighters extinguished a burning motor home Thursday morning that was traveling north on Interstate 71 about 4 miles south of state Route 18 in Montville Township. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

The couple pulled over and soon the vehicle was engulfed in flames, she said.

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

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.

A loss estimate was not available Thursday.

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,” he said.

No one was injured, Painter said.

The fire call came in about 10:15 a.m. Thursday and was extinguished in about 30 minutes, he said.

“It was mostly gone when we got there,” said Painter, who estimated the motor home was about 24 feet long.

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

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