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Fire At Campground

June 16, 2012

Staff photo/Mike Burkholder This photograph shows the charred remains of a camper that caught on fire Friday night at Easy Campground.

ST. MARYS — Officials from the Buckland Fire Department are expected to return to the scene of a camper fire today to continue their investigation.

Buckland Fire Chief Todd Vorhees said at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday, his department received a phone call reporting a camper was on fire at Easy Campground, just off U.S. 33. While crews were en route, they were notified there was a male burn victim. That victim, Vorhees said, was transported by St. Marys Fire and Rescue to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.

"It was fully involved and moving west toward the next trailer," Vorhees told The Evening Leader. "It had a propane tank involved, I'd say a 75 to 100 gallon tank. We initially hit it while St. Marys fire was taking care of basic care — they did a great job."

Crews knocked down the fire before it could spread to a neighboring camper. Vorhees said the camper fire started because of a propane tank explosion. However, they are still determining what caused the tank to go up in flames.

"The campground was half full and we are getting different stories so we'll be going out later today to see if we can see anything else," Vorhees said.

The fire got as close as 10 feet to a neighboring camper before firefighters extinguished the blaze. Vorhees said some yard furniture near the neighboring camper burned as a result of the fire.

"It could have been worse," Vorhees said. "The guys did a good job of knocking it down quickly."

Vorhees said he called the state fire marshal's office — as it is a requirement any time there is an injury or significant dollar loss.

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