According to Captain Phong Dang with the Murrieta Fire Department, a fire broke out today in the 26000 block of Hoover Street.
The initial report came in at 2:37 p.m. and indicated that a vehicle was on fire and was threatening to spread to nearby structures and brush.
Upon arrival, firefighters found a 1993 GMC Sierra Pickup truck engulfed in flames and threatening to spread to a nearby motorhome, Dang said.
Two fire engines quickly attacked the fire and knocked it down within a few minutes, Dang said. The motorhome sustained some heat damage, including a broken windshield, melted headlight and some scorched paint.
Firefighters initially had a difficult time accessing the fire, which was on a remote fenced property. Dang said firefighters cut a fence to gain access and begin attacking the flames.
According to Battalion Chief Pat Jennings with the Murrieta Fire Department, the cause of the fire was being investigated, but was possibly mechanical in nature.
Jennings said the vehicle’s owner had recently purchased the truck and made statements that he had been working on it because it didn’t run. The owner was not working on the truck at the time of the fire, Jennings added.
According to Dang, the vehicle’s owner lived in the nearby motorhome, adding to the significance that the motorhome was saved in the fire. There were no injuries as a result of the fire.
Joe Fanaselle is a local photojournalist and regular contributor to SWRNN.