Firefighters attend motorhome gas blast

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service were called today at 1.20pm to what was reported as vehicle fire on A14 eastbound between Junction 13 and 15. On arrival, crews from Raunds and Thrapston found a couple parked in a layby with their motorhome. There was no fire, but obvious damage to the vehicle.

The couple had pulled into the layby for a short break on their journey but had experienced a small explosion after connecting the gas cylinder to make some

tea. The owner only suffered very minor burns to his forearm, but the motorhome didn’t fare so well. As well as interior fixtures and fittings being damaged, the blast shattered the front windscreen and damaged the chassis, leaving the motorhome unusable.

The crews at the scene ensured that the gas and other auxiliary appliances were disconnected and safe, using a thermal imaging camera to check there were no hotspots and provided advice to the couple.

Watch Manager, Harvey Hilson, who was in charge of the incident, said:

“Thankfully no one was badly hurt, but I urge anyone planning a motorhome or caravan holiday to double check all their appliances and gas connections before they leave.”

To find more advice on how to stay safe whilst camping or caravanning, visit the Outdoor Safety section on the website.

 

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