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PERSIE – A large camper van that caught fire near the Persia Town Highway barns on Broadway Road was destroyed on Sunday afternoon.
The Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department reported on its Facebook page that fire crews could see black smoke from long distances before responding, and that additional fire companies needed to be called, both to additional aircraft and manpower. Gowanda was assisted by Cattaraugus Fire, Dayton Fire and Seneca Fire for additional tankers. New York State Police and Gowanda Police also responded to the scene.
Broadway Road remained closed until the Cattaraugus County Fire Investigation Team arrived on scene. The cause was undetermined as of Monday. According to a Facebook post by the Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department, people driving with the house smelled an odor causing them to pull over.
“They checked a cupboard in the bathroom of the motorhome where they could already see flames”, said the Facebook post. “They tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher and couldn’t.”
From there, the fire would have spread, forcing them to evacuate, to get out safely with their dog. They were also able to disconnect a vehicle they were towing behind the motorhome, which was undamaged. The owners of the vehicle were from out of state and had traveled to visit family in the western New York area.
Evans Mechanical was called to remove the RV. The Gowanda Volunteer Fire Department wished the owners of the RV good luck.
“We are grateful to the occupants and their pet dog for getting out safe and sound,” he added. said the Facebook post. “Our thoughts are with the family.”