2 peo­ple se­ri­ously in­jured in RV ex­plo­sion

Yuma Sun - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGIL­BERT James Gil­bert can be reached at [email protected]­masun.com or 5396854. Find him on Face­book at www.Face­book.com/YSJamesGil­bert or on Twit­ter @YSJamesGil­bert.

Two peo­ple were se­verely in­jured early Tues­day morn­ing fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion that hap­pened in­side their RV. The cou­ple’s two dogs were un­harmed.

Ac­cord­ing to Charly McMur­die, a spokesper­son for the Ru­ral/Metro Fire Depart­ment, fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the River­front RV Park, lo­cated at 2300 W Wa­ter St., shortly be­fore 2 a.m. for a re­port of an ex­plo­sion.

“Sev­eral calls came in to the dis­patch cen­ter,” McMur­die said. “They all re­ported hear­ing an ex­plo­sion, but only one caller said that they saw a fire and that it was out.”

An­other caller, ac­cord­ing to McMur­die, also re­ported that two peo­ple may be trapped in­side the RV, but as it turned out, that had not been the case.

McMur­die said the RV was not on fire when fire­fight­ers ar­rived on scene, but that it had sus­tained se­vere dam­age. Neigh­bors were also as­sist­ing the man and woman who lived there.

“Fire­fight­ers quickly se­cured the util­i­ties and checked for any­one else who may have been in­jured in the blast,” McMur­die said.

The two in­jured in­di­vid­u­als, who are be­lieved to be win­ter visi­tors, were trans­ported by Ru­ral/Metro am­bu­lance to Yuma Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, and quickly flown to a Phoenix-area hospi­tal due to the sever­ity of their wounds.

“A neigh­bor is tak­ing care of the cou­ple’s two dogs for the time be­ing,” McMur­die said. “She said they were a bit singed, but okay.”

The force of the ex­plo­sion, ac­cord­ing to McMur­die, blew the roof and back wall of the RV com­pletely off. A large por­tion of the back wall, she added, landed in a neigh­bor­ing back yard.

The Red Cross was no­ti­fied and will pro­vide as­sis­tance if needed. The cause of the ex­plo­sion is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by au­thor­i­ties.

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TWO PEO­PLE WERE SE­VERELY in­jured shortly af­ter 2 a.m. Tues­day morn­ing fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion in­side their RV. The cou­ple was trans­ported to Yuma Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter by Ru­ral/Metro am­bu­lance and flown to a Phoenix-area hospi­tal due to the sever­ity...

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