Officials Investigate Propane Explosion at Idaho RV Park
Meridian, Idaho, fire officials are still trying to determine what caused a propane explosion at an RV park early Thursday (Nov. 17) that resulted in one man being sent to the University of Utah Burn Center in Salt Lake City.
Ada County dispatchers say an explosion rocked the Boise-Meridian RV Resort around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, The Idaho Statesman reported.
Meridian police were first to arrive and found a man semi-conscious lying next to a burning trailer. Those officers moved the man away from the fire and began to administer some first aid, while at least one officer grabbed a fire extinguisher from a patrol car and tried to knock down the fire, Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said. Fire crews arrived moments later and took over.
Fire officials know that a propane leak is what caused the explosion in the trailer but are still not sure how that gas was ignited, Deputy Fire Chief Perry Palmer said Thursday morning.
Park manager Ron Lundquist told the Associated Press the man rented one of the fifth-wheel trailers at the park.
Propane is used for heat and cooking in those types of trailers, Palmer said.
Fire crews first took the man to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for treatment before he was taken by air ambulance to the University of Utah Burn Center in Salt Lake City, according to fire reports.
Two fifth-wheel trailers were destroyed by fire and another one sustained substantial damage. No one else was injured.
Palmer said it appears the man was inside the trailer when the explosion occurred but investigators have not yet been able to talk with him to get any more information on what happened.