North Trail RV Collision Center fire ruled accidental

Published: March 25, 2015 4:37 PM EDT
Updated: March 25, 2015 5:26 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A massive fire at North Trail RV Collision Center caused more than a million dollars in damage.

The fire started Wednesday morning at the business located on Enterprise Parkway. The Fort Myers Fire Department tells WINK News a quick thinking security guard helped prevent things from getting worse when he made the call just after 5 a.m.

More than 50 firefighters from several agencies battled not only flames, but heavy fog.

“We could not see basically our hands in front of our faces. So, after that point we went back into an offensive mode of operation and just used as much water as we could to extinguish the fire,” said Ted Ross, chief of the Tice Fire Department.

Investigators tell WINK News the fire was accidental. It started in the battery compartment of one RV, which then set off a chain reaction.

“They were spitting a flammable gas that would come out like a flame thrower and penetrating the next RV over to catch those on fire,” said Lee County Fire Investigator Dale Reisen.

Seven RVs were damaged, two were destroyed in the fire.

“We’re talking most likely over a million dollar loss,” said Reisen.