Friday, December 8, 2023


Horrific blast wipes RV from face of the earth

This happened two months ago in Soldotna, Alaska, a small community on the Kenai Peninsula. We have never seen a motorhome go up in flames like this. It’s old news, yes, but we wanted you to see what the scene looked like. Wow!

We could not learn much about the blast and fire other than it was caused when a 500-gallon fuel tank ignited. The motorhome was nearby and it was, according to reports, blown to bits. That’s easy to believe when you see this giant fireball, which is from a frame of a video taken by a neighbor.

The blast caused a small fire which was quickly extinguished.

The very good news about this is that nobody was killed or even hurt. We suppose the lesson to learn here is to be careful you don’t park your RV too close to a big fuel tank. And that goes double for camping near such a tank.


Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Bob P (@guest_122460)
2 years ago

This was two months ago? Alaska must be warmer than I thought, since all the trees are leafed out, two months ago mid February. We live in south central Tennessee and our leaves are filling out now.

Adam Williams (@guest_91378)
3 years ago

Where is the video? It doesn’t show up on this site

RV Staff
3 years ago
Reply to  Adam Williams

Hi, Adam. Chuck just included a still from the video. But if you look down in the readers’ comments, there is a link to the video on YouTube (thanks WEB). 🙂 —Diane at

Doug (@guest_91300)
3 years ago

Actual news report of fire – large fuel tank next to house did NOT explode.

Gregg (@guest_91240)
3 years ago

Is the red and white vehicle that is parked in front of the garage what they are calling a motorhome? It looks more like a utility van or a delivery truck to me. No side windows, no vents or ac on the roof. Just saying.

Karen (@guest_91266)
3 years ago
Reply to  Gregg

The fire and the exploded motor home described in the article are located behind the home and vehicle pictured.

WEB (@guest_91153)
3 years ago

Firefighters stop spread of wildfire started by burning motorhome near Soldotna

  • Source: Alaska Wildland Fire
  • Published: 05/29/2020 12:00 AM

Wildland firefighters from the Alaska Division of Forestry’s Kenai/Kodiak station were able to halt the spread of a small wildfire that was started when a motorhome caught fire Thursday afternoon near Soldotna. Firefighters responded to the fire at approximately 3:45 p.m. when it began to spread into the surrounding wildlands near Longmere Lake on Penny Lane. The fire was reportedly spreading toward nearby residences and there was a 500-gallon fuel tank nearby. The fire, dubbed the Penny Fire, caught a nearby garage on fire but structure firefighters from Central Emergency Services were able to contain the fire to the motorhome and garage while wildland firefighters from State Forestry were able to stop the progression of the fire that spread into the wildlands at an estimated 1 acre.

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Last edited 3 years ago by WEB
Ron L (@guest_91295)
3 years ago
Reply to  WEB

From this, it looks like the motorhome was the source of the fire, not the fuel tank….which makes sense as the fuel tank can’t explode by itself.

Dennis W (@guest_92066)
3 years ago
Reply to  Ron L

Agreed. We are likely seeing a conflagration of motor home and trees

Roger (@guest_91149)
3 years ago

Wow! Is that a “Price Reduced” sign out front? Awesome real estate agent! 😉

tim palmer (@guest_91358)
3 years ago
Reply to  Roger


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