Quick response puts out fire near rear of motor home

Jennifer Stultz
Pratt City Firefighters wash down the scene of a camper fire just south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and 54/400 on Monday afternoon in Pratt. A back water bucket fell against the exhaust pipe, igniting behind the rear wheel.

A back water bucket resting against the exhaust of a 1983 Toyota Huntsman Motor Home caused alarm for owner/driver Connie West of Preston on Monday afternoon as she pulled into Pratt.

The driver, who was traveling into Pratt from the North on U.S. Highway 61, said she smelled smoke as she neared Casey’s. Then as she pulled through the intersection she noticed flames coming from the rear of her camper.

She stopped her camper and got out just south of the 61/54 highway junction, between Arby’s and McDonald’s parking lots. A bystander with a fire extinguisher helped put out the flames quickly and City of Pratt firefighters soon arrived on the scene to finish the job.

There was little damage to the vehicle and no one was injured in the 1:35 p.m. incident.