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Propane tanks, ammunition fuel RV fire in Davie, authorities say

1 person treated for smoke inhalation

DAVIE, Fla. – A recreational vehicle with propane tanks and ammunition inside caught fire Monday morning in Davie, authorities said.

Investigators are working to determine how the fire started.

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"Upon arrival, our units found an RV camper that was fully involved right next to a residential home. The fire had extended into the house," Davie Fire Rescue Department Assistant Chief Jorge Gonzalez said.

Authorities said the fire wasn't easy to get to because the RV and home were more than 1,000 feet off Davie Road, just north of Stirling Road. Once crews reached the flames, they found dangerous new challenges.

"Propane tanks and ammunition were in the RV camper, creating a little bit of a problem for us with fighting the fire," Gonzalez said.

Crews at the scene said the ammunition kept exploding.

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They said safety valves began releasing gas as the heat rose in the camper and pressure built in the propane tanks, causing the tanks to become like torches sending out streams of fire.

Firefighters were eventually able to knock down the flames, but not until after the RV was already destroyed.

Authorities said one person was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, but wasn't transported to the hospital.


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