Fire guts Christian Valley motorhome: $200,000 in damage

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A 40-foot motorhome was gutted Wednesday in a fire at a Christian Valley residence, causing an estimated $200,000 damage.

Located under an overhead roof next to a metal outbuilding at a 600-block Christian Valley Road house, the Holiday Rambler motorhome was reported on fire at about 4 p.m.

Motorhome owner Mike Harris, a resident of the property, said that firefighters were on the scene in three minutes and quickly knocked down the fire before it could spread to the outbuilding or other structures.

“They jumped on it,” Harris said. “I can’t believe the destruction that took place in just 10 minutes. That’s my baby. It’s a $180,000 rig, used.”

The motorhome had been parked and not driven recently, Harris said.

Placer Fire, Cal Fire, Placer Hills Fire and Auburn Fire crews responded to the alarm and one lane of traffic on Christian Valley Road, near Dry Creek Road, was blocked for about half an hour as engines and firefighters converged on the scene.

Placer County Fire Chief Brad Harris said that efforts were initially challenged because of access concerns to the property. A wooden bridge over a small creek to the property allowed up to 13-ton vehicles to travel over it. Chief Harris said fire trucks weighing 20 tons were kept off the bridge and a hose line was extended from a water tender parked on the road, a distance of about 50 yards.

Chief Harris said the total estimated loss is about $200,000 but firefighters were able to save another $500,000 in adjoining buildings and property.

Cause of the fire had not been determined immediately after the blaze, he said. Mike Harris said that initial indications pointed to problems with the motorhome’s refrigerator.