Man Lucky to Survive RV Explosion in Campground

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October 2, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

A New Mexico man was transported to Goshen General Hospital Thursday night (Oct. 1) with burn wounds after the RV in which he was camping exploded at a campground in northern Indiana.

Dick Ferron, 83, was camping at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen and had been working on the furnace of his RV all day Thursday, according to The Elkhart Truth. He tried to ignite the furnace and did not realize the gas was still on, said Bruce Zimmerman, president of the Elkhart Township Fire Department, who responded to the call along with Goshen medics.

Zimmerman said the man suffered minor burns on the tops of his hands and on his face. The explosion blew out the walls and windows of the RV, he said.

"He was a very lucky individual," said Zimmerman. "It just went boom and it could have been a lot worse."

Goshen Fire Department medics transported him. He was treated and released from Goshen General Hospital.

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