A fire at The RV Corral on Highway 99 in Eugene, Ore., just after 5 p.m. Wednesday (April 6) caused an estimated $400,000 in damage to the business’ detail shop, The Register-Guard reported.
But firefighters were able to save a dozen RVs parked as close as 10 feet away, Eugene Fire Department District Chief Scott Bishop said at the scene.
“When we came onto the scene, the first thing we tried to do was move the RVs, but a forklift wasn’t available,” he said. “And so we had to act fast to keep the flames contained.”
The smell of smoke permeated the interior of the RVs, which otherwise appeared undamaged.
The detail shop closes at 5 p.m. on weekdays, but employees in the sales department, which stays open until 6 p.m., noticed smoke coming from the building and immediately called for help.
When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting from the east side of the 4,000-square-foot structure, Bishop said.
The fire was reported at 5:21 p.m. At least 11 fire department units responded to the fire.
Bishop said no one was hurt in the blaze, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The economy has been in a world of hurt this past year, especially the RV industry.
But one Eugene, Ore., company is still seeing a market for customers, according to KVAL-TV, Eugene.
Open since early August, the owners of RV Sales of Oregon believe there is still a growing market for these homes on wheels.
“We feel like the worst is behind us and the opportunities are incredible right now to reach out to the Baby Boomer section of travelers,” said Rich Marston, co-owner of RV Sales of Oregon.
The last two months have been good for the RV business.
Some of the best sales in the last year and a half, they say, and they believe it comes down to staying closer to home when people head out on a trip.
Gary Hoffman is the other co-owner of the new RV company. He believes their success will come down to family.
“Many are going to take their families and friends and go sit around a campfire it’s something that has been a tradition in this country,” said Hoffman.
Customers John and Joyce Hanson say seeing things you’ve never had a chance to see is what has them out on the road in an RV.
On Thursday (Aug. 13) the new dealership sold two units.