Breaking: Jumptown fire destroys campers, sports utility vehicle

Last modified: 11/11/2015 3:56:39 PM
ORANGE — An early morning fire that destroyed two recreational vehicle campers and a sports utility vehicle at the Jumptown Skydiving Facility at 31 C St. Wednesday is under investigation.

No one was injured in what could have been a catastrophe, since the fire was within 25 feet of a large tank of jet fuel, according to Orange fire investigator and firefighter James Hopkins.

According to Hopkins, the first camper to ignite was unoccupied, but the second camper contained a sleeping man, who woke up to find it filled with smoke. The man’s name was not released, but Hopkins described the man as “a security person” who was staying in his RV at Jumptown and was planning to head south for the winter.

“He saw the fire in the first camper and ran to a neighbor’s trailer to call 911,” said Hopkins. “The first call came in about 4:28.”

The Orange Fire Department responded with two fire engines and a ladder truck, while the Athol Fire Department provided station cover.

Hopkins said the fire was extinguished by about 5 a.m. The man who fled his camper lost everything he owned — the camper, the vehicle and all his possessions, according to Hopkins.

A spokesman for Jumptown hasn’t yet been reached for comment.

For updates on this developing story, see www.recorder.com and The Recorder’s print edition.




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