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Eugene RV fire being investigated as arson

The Eugene Police Department has been contacted about the fire.

Posted: Jan 8, 2020 3:35 AM
Updated: Jan 8, 2020 10:26 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – A recreational vehicle fire in the Whiteaker neighborhood Tuesday night is being investigated as an arson, and the Eugene Police Department has been contacted, fire investigators said.

Firefighters are trying to determine who may have caused the RV to go up in flames. The fire was first reported at 11:45 p.m. on West 3rd Avenue and Monroe Street. 

Deputy Fire Marshal Austin Brushett said no one was inside, but the RV was a total loss. 

"It appears the fire was intentionally set," Brushett said. 

Brushett said authorities are looking into the possibility that someone returned to the RV hours after firefighters extinguished the flames and reignited the fire.

Neighbors said they reported hearing explosions from inside the RV after the fire started.

Officials said the RV's owners live in the neighborhood and have been notified. 

There was also damage to an RV down the street. 

A man named Andres, who declined to give his last name, was in the other RV and said someone attempted to set it on fire not long after the first RV fire.

"I'm sitting in the RV again a second time and all I see is a hand with a blow torch setting the curtain on fire. So I run out for a second time and by the time I come back, this one is on fire again," Andres said.

Brushett said the investigation is ongoing. 

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