Man accidentally shoots trailer propane tank causing fire that destroyed RV

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PARSONBURG, MD – Maryland Deputy State Fire Marshals have concluded their investigation in how a travel trailer fire started the injured a father and son.

According to the MDSFM, the fire in the 5400 block of Sixty Foot Road in Parsonsburg injured a father and son, resulting in one of them being treated to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center.

Investigators determined a 52-year-old man was attempting to place a gun in a case when it accidentally discharged, striking a thirty-pound propane tank, which ignited the interior of the travel trailer while both men were inside. Both the father and his 27-year-old son sustained second-degree burns to their bodies before escaping.

The men were treated on scene by Pittsville Fire Company EMS personnel and transported to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Medical Center, with the father subsequently being transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center. Both men are expected to make a full recovery and will be released from the hospital soon. No malicious intent was identified at the conclusion of the investigation, and no charges will be filed.

The one-alarm fire was reported just before 10:00 a.m. and took approximately twenty firefighters and just over twenty minutes to control. Investigators considered the twenty-foot Mallard travel trailer a complete loss.

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