Fire Guts New Zealanders’ RV at Cherry Hill Park
A 40-foot recreational vehicle used by a New Zealand family of four while visiting the United States was destroyed by fire Thursday morning (Oct. 1) at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md.
Firefighters from the College Park/Beltsville area were alerted around 9:30 to a fire in the RV park. The site is the closest RV park and campground to Washington , D.C., and houses hundreds of visitors daily. The Wittenberg family was inside the motorhome when they noticed a fire in the area of the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle, according to Firefighting News.
Attempts to extinguish the fire in the 1990 Allegro RV engine compartment were unsuccessful by the family and bystanders using fire extinguishers and a garden hose. The family of four, including a father, mother, teen male and younger female, escaped safely.
The cause of the fire appears to be “mechanical” and a preliminary fire loss to the vehicle and contents are estimated at $20,000. There were 30 firefighters on the scene that worked about 10-15 minutes to extinguish the fire. The family is attempting to make contact with the New Zealand Embassy seeking assistance and is temporarily being sheltered at the Cherry Hill Park complex.