Camper and truck destroyed in Stagecoach fire |

Camper and truck destroyed in Stagecoach fire

No one was hurt Wednesday morning when a camper and truck caught fire at a parking area near the Stagecoach Reservoir dam.

— No one was hurt Wednesday when a camper and truck caught fire at a parking area near the Stagecoach Reservoir dam.

Oak Creek Fire Protection District Chief Chuck Wisecup said they were dispatched at 8:45 a.m. for a report of an explosion.

“There was a pretty good column of smoke in the air,” Wisecup said.

When firefighters arrived, they found a pickup and pop-up camper on fire. They quickly put out the fire and kept it from turning into a wildland fire.

Wisecup said the owner of the camper recently had purchased the camper as a birthday present to himself. The camper had some electrical problems, and the owner was working with the fuses when the fire started. Wisecup said he tried to put the fire out with an extinguisher.

Wisecup said he found wiring that led him to think the fire started because of a short circuit related to the camper’s water heater.

Two other vehicles parked close to the fire were not damaged, but there was minor heat damage to a nearby restroom window.

Oak Creek firefighters were helped by staff from Stagecoach State Park and the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User