|Published:||Feb 08, 2013 12:00 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 07, 2013 11:59 PM EST|
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Firefighters evacuated Red Coconut RV Park after a massive fire started around 8:15 a.m.
One man was treated for smoke inhalation and has been released.
Preliminary reports show a garbage truck caught fire, which spread to at least one RV.
The fire marshal tells us there was an explosion that was likely a fuel line that ruptured. The tanks appear to be intact. The power is out and FPL is working on the scene.
The garbage truck was almost at full trash capacity and firefighters had to work to extinguish flames deep within the truck. Fire officials say they anticipate being on the scene all day and are asking people to avoid the area. A safety perimeter has been set up, since the garbage truck was fueled by liquid natural gas.
The Chairman for the Lee Arson Task Force said the RV was worth $78,000 and had $10,000 worth of contents inside. The garbage truck was worth $380,000. Both the RV and the garbage truck are considered total losses.
A family's tragedy reveals a community's true colors. The Boutin family's neighbors are making sure they have a place to sleep and food to eat during this difficult time.
Fernand Boutin never expected a vacation quiet like this; early this morning, a trash truck exploded in to flames. The blaze sent smoke high in to the air and shot fire right on to the Boutin's RV and completely destroyed it.
"I saw the fire, I was walking on the beach with my dog," said Boutin.
His wife, daughter and their dog, Rosie, all made it out safe and now the family from Quebec is left with just the clothes on their back.
"They lost everything. They have five dollars between the two of them
This is where the word community really shines. Almost all of the campers were so touched, they have been donating all day.
"When times like this come, everybody is good about chipping in, its like a small neighborhood," said camper Sandy Sumner.
"I had calls from all over Lee County from people who wanted to bring things out," said Myers.
So now as Mr. Boutin scrummages through whats left, he knows his family has tons of support.
"Thank you so much and I love them," said Boutin.
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