Crews respond to fire at Renegade RV

BRISTOL, Ind. -- A fire along the toll road in Bristol on Saturday destroyed a motor coach parked inside the Renegade RV plant.

“The sprinkling system did its job by keeping it at bay until we could get in and take care of the problem,” said Nik Kantz, chief of the Bristol Fire Department.

But firefighters could not save the luxury RV that was swallowed by flames around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kantz said it took crews a couple of hours to put out because of poor visibility.

“When you’re in a factory like that and you don’t really know the layout and where they put motor coaches and trailers and things, it’s kind of hard if you can’t see your hand in front of your face,” he said. “And it’s smoky and hot, and you’re not sure what’s on the other side of the wall there; it just takes a little bit of time.”

Five departments, 15 trucks, and about 30 firefighters responded to the scene.

More than 9,000 gallons of water was needed to extinguish the fire.

Luckily, nobody was hurt.

“The last worker left early around lunchtime [Saturday], I believe,” Kantz said.

He said the cause of the fire is being investigated.

The sprinkler system managed to keep the flames contained to the one RV, so the building it was in is ok.

Workers can return on Sunday.


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