RV bursts into flames on NB I-275 near downtown Tampa

3:12 PM, Oct 25, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- A couple and their dog safely escaped a fire that engulfed their RV and caused delays on northbound I-275 near downtown Tampa Friday afternoon.

Tampa Fire Rescue says it received a call about the fire around 1:40 p.m. When crews arrived, they found the RV in the emergency lane just past the Himes Avenue entrance ramp with heavy smoke and fire coming from the back.

Multiple fire rescue crews were called out to help put out the blaze that completely destroyed the RV. Two small explosions also occurred as firefighters tried to put out the fire, which were believed to be caused by two propane tanks and the gas tank, which had just been filled.

Les and Mary Carroll, along with the Golden Doodle "Mary," all made it safely out of the RV before firefighters arrived at the scene.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed for about 15 minutes while firefighters put out the fire. Three lanes were reopened around 2:35 p.m. No word yet on how long the two remaining lanes will be blocked.

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