A motorhome parked behind a local restaurant in downtown Fallbrook went up in flames today, causing the brakes to release on the vehicle, and roll into two nearby vehicles.
The incident, which happened around 2 p.m. (Fri., Jan. 17), took place near the corner of South Main Ave. and West Aviation Road, behind Trupiano’s Italian Bistro restaurant, at 945 So. Main Ave.
“Everyone heard an explosion and then the motorhome was on fire,” a bystander said. Fortunately, the owners of the motorhome got out of the vehicle safely.
As a result of the explosion/fire, the brakes on the motorhome released, which caused it to roll and collide into two unoccupied vehicles parked on the property – an Infinity sedan and a Bronco SUV with a tow trailer.
The fire sent plumes of black smoke into the air, causing immediate concern in the downtown area.
First responders quickly closed Main Ave. and Aviation Rd. to allow sufficient room for North County Fire to get the blaze under control.
The blaze burned parts of a wooden fence and scorched a small portion of the northwest corner of the restaurant’s roof. The motorhome was a complete loss; damage to the sedan was moderate to major; and minimal damage (if any) was done to the Bronco.
North County Fire, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept., and the California Highway Patrol worked together to handle the incident.