EAST WENATCHEE — Flames from a burning motorhome spread to an adjacent house early this morning, nearly gutting the residence located in a neighborhood at the foot of Fancher Heights.
The 4 a.m. blaze at 1940 Eastmont Ave. engulfed the motorhome, ripped through the home’s garage, collapsed its ceiling, destroyed two vehicles inside and then spread through much of the rest of the structure. No people or pets were injured in the fire.
“The damage was extensive,” said Doug Miller, assistant fire chief for Douglas County Fire District 2. “No final dollar estimate has been set yet, but I’m guessing it’ll top $200,000.”
Miller said fire crews from Douglas County, Chelan County and Wenatchee responded to the blaze, which grew hot enough to buckle siding on a neighboring home 50-feet to the south.
According to fire officials and neighbors, at around 3:30 a.m. passersby spotted flames emerging from a 36-foot Fleetwood Bounder RV parked on a pad parallel to the home’s garage. They immediately called 911 and banged on the home’s front door to rouse the sole male occupant inside. The home’s owner, Mel Henkle, was reportedly away for the night.
A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene about 3:45 a.m. to find the motorhome and garage fully engulfed in flames, according to Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal. Fire crews arrived shortly after.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation, said Miller. The motorhome had been used sometime in May, he said, but was believed to have been parked for the last three weeks.