About 5:47 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, during the evening rush, an equipment failure on a large recreational vehicle traveling eastward on Interstate 84 in Sandy Hook resulted in a swift-moving fire that destroyed the 2003 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager, reported The Newtown Bee.
Sandy Hook and Newtown Hook & Ladder sent about 15 volunteer firefighters to the scene. The 38-foot-long vehicle’s front end was engulfed in flames at 5:53 pm, when Sandy Hook Chief Bill Halstead arrived on the scene, the chief said.
The firefighters used 5,325 gallons of water carried on the five trucks that arrived on the scene to put out the fire. One Sandy Hook firefighter received a minor injury when his ankle was struck by a piece of metal sent flying across the highway by an exploding propane tank.
Michael Campbell, of Carmel, NY, who was driving the Gulf Stream to attend a NASCAR race when the incident occurred, explained that while he was driving he applied the brakes, but the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. He then kept pumping the brakes until he could regain some pressure on the brake pedal and was able to stop the RV on the right road shoulder. It was then that he discovered the fire in the engine compartment.