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RVs destroyed, damaged in fire at Spindler Marina and Campground in East Peoria

Several destroyed RVs at the Spindler Marina in East Peoria Thursday
Several destroyed RVs at the Spindler Marina in East Peoria Thursday(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 5:01 PM CDT
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EAST PEORIA (WEEK) - Several RVs are either damaged or destroyed after mechanical work leads to fire at Spindler Marina and Campground in East Peoria.

East Peoria Fire Chief Bobby Zimmerman says someone was doing mechanical work when it happened.

Police described it as a backfire likely starting in an engine, shooting out fire.

The man tried to get a fire extinguisher but quickly realized backup was needed.

“There were some mechanics doing some work on it. We believe it started somewhere in an engine compartment in one of the burned trailers behind me,” he said. “5-6 have received damage. The extent of that damage varies from a total loss to just some cosmetic stuff.”

The vehicle that caught fire is described as an older motor home - values of these mobile homes are anywhere from a few thousand to $50,000 and beyond.

5-6 were damaged, some with cosmetic burns, others destroyed.

Firefighters and marine staff say this is not common with these types of vehicles.

Officials say the fire wasn’t tough to put out but did take a few minutes.

Officers will check throughout the night to make sure it doesn’t reignite.

No one was injured.

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