By Robert Desaulniers
A fire at an RV storage facility on the outskirts of Eugene, Ore., ended up scorching the surrounding grass and demolishing several vehicles at the site in early August.
The fire was first reported on an early August afternoon at an address just east of the Eugene Airport. A person at a business in the area reported that they had smelled burning wire shortly before an RV burst into flames with a loud pop.
Six fire engines from Lane Fire Authority and two from the Junction City Fire Department arrived to find several RVs on fire, sending a plume of thick black smoke into the air.
Firefighters were able to get the fire under control quickly. However, several RVs at the site were utterly destroyed by the blaze, and grass around the facility was burned. Firefighters were able to put out the fire completely, and left the scene within an hour. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire is a reminder to all RV and boat storage property owners to review insurance policies and make sure they have the coverage needed to protect their business.
According to Terry Anderson of Tenant Property Protection, “Every RV and boat storage facility must develop a Risk Management Assessment and Plan. Without it, their high-income asset is subjected to devastation from every weather-related event and incidences of theft.”
“Owner/operator negligence in preparing for the risk of winds, fires and burglary has led to the rising cost of property and casualty insurance rates,” he continues. “A Risk Management Assessment and Plan is a way to save profits and costs when faced with potential losses. Every good general business property and casualty agency in the storage industry should have a resource available to meet this need.”
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