RV catches fire on Highway 395
A large motorhome caught fire on Highway 395 on Monday, January 16. The driver, Lawrence, last name unknown, was driving from Mammoth Lakes to San Diego after a weekend of skiing at Mammoth Mountain with his wife and two sons. Lawrence was the only passenger and escaped the vehicle safely.
Lawrence told The Sheet he first suspected something was amiss when he smelled smoke while he was driving around 11 a.m. He turned around to find the source, and saw it billowing from the back of the RV. He said he pulled over as soon as he could, and felt one of the wheels “lock up” before he was able to park the vehicle in the southbound shoulder of Highway 395, just before the intersection with McGee Creek Road. He promptly grabbed a fire extinguisher and exited the vehicle. He immediately called 911 to report the fire.
At this point, the vehicle was smoking heavily and attracting attention from other drivers who slowed to survey the scene. Law enforcement arrived on scene promptly. By 11:21, there were flames leaping from the rear part of the RV’s roof. At about 11:22, Long Valley Fire Department arrived on scene, along with California Highway Patrol and Caltrans.