RV destroyed by fire, owner glad pets, house weren't endangered

Published: Dec. 15, 2015 at 10:36 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2015 at 12:12 AM CST
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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Many people saw a large black plume of smoke in north Longview this morning. In fact, a firefighter responding to the scene said he saw it from six miles away.

The fire htey saw was located in the 200 block of Pliler Precise Road around 10:30 Tuesday morning. Neighbors called 911, reporting an RV was on fire.

We spoke with the property owner shortly after the fire was put out.

You could see the smoke for miles. It attracted helicopter pilot Mark Coleman, who sent us a video clip. Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary said materials used to construct RVs cause a lot of toxic smoke when they burn.

Owners Tim Sellers and his wife Janet weren't home at the time.

"At least it wasn't the house, and everybody's okay. The main thing is both dogs are okay; it didn't get the house, and we can replace that," Tim said.

Janet got home shortly before Tim, and headed straight to the front door for their pets.

"We have a Chinese Pug and a Chihuahua. They're the most loving dogs there are. She just can't do without them. She's a dog lover and she can't do without her dogs," Tim revealed.

Socks and Gus were fine, but they were all about to take their yearly Christmas trip to Lake O' The Pines, as they had each year since 2000.

"And probably before that: We just go, just to get away from the rat race and take our kids and enjoy life," Sellers said.

The RV was plugged in and ready to roll.

"Ungodly amount of stuff in there that you can't replace," Tim explained.

He says they could just take off whenever they wanted, and they did, 8 or 9 times a year. They'll miss the old RV, but Tim is looking on the bright side.

"Our main thing is everybody's okay," Tim stated.

And the RV will be replaced.

The Sellers had insurance on the motor home.

The Longview Fire Department says the fire started around the RV's electrical box, but the cause has not been determined.

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