Fire destroys camper at Beaver Lodge
Hope — A camper was destroyed after a rechargeable battery pack for a remote control car ignited a seat cushion June 29 at the campground at Beaver Lodge.
The fire broke out at about 8:30 p.m. in a 1998 tow-behind camper, owned by Andrew Carter of South Thomaston, according to Hope Fire Chief Clarence Keller.
Keller said a couple of other people at the campground were able to extinguish the fire before the fire department arrived, but the heat and smoke damage was enough to consider the camper a total loss. It was destroyed on the inside, he said.
"Anything we plug in to charge, whether it be cellphones, rechargeable batteries or a battery pack, should be kept on a hard surface," Keller said noting when an electronic item is placed on a cushion or other soft surface it does not have enough air circulation and can overheat.
The state Fire Marshals Office was called — as Keller said he does for every fire — but after hearing the details, the Fire Marshals Office determined no further investigation was needed. The fire was not suspicious, Keller said.
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