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One person dead after fire erupts at RV park in Palm Springs

One person has died following an RV fire that erupted overnight inside an RV park on the 200 block of West Mesquite Avenue in Palm Springs. As of Saturday afternoon the Palm Springs Police and Fire Department were still processing the scene. An RV could be seen with a portion of its windshield and another side window shattered into glass shards. A neighboring RV was also damaged.

"It was scary. I mean, the flames were right behind the bushes like it was going to hit us," afternoon manager of Happy Traveler RV Park, Gertie Schwender said.

Photo taken by KESQ Reporter Shelby Nelson

The Palm Spring Fire Department responded to reports of an RV fully engulfed with fire at midnight, according to PSFD. Crews arrived within 5 minutes and began working to extinguish it. A spokesperson for the department said one person was found dead at the scene. No details on the victim have been released.

"Heard about it this morning, around 8 o’clock this morning. Horrible, very tragic, this is a community here, a small park and we’re family," resident of the park, Pamela Stone said.

A total of four engines responded to the blaze, according to PSFD.

On Saturday Stone and other neighbors came out to see what all the commotion was about.

"I walked over to the pool and the gentleman was sitting at the table with a young lady talking that his telephone didn’t work and she was trying to help him. And then he was telling me that his plan, his last wish was to plan on moving to Las Vegas and start a new life. And it was the end of our conversation and then the next thing I knew at 12:30 something the flames started. Everybody knocked on my door and windows to get out to get out of there," Schwender said.

Fortunately, Schwender and her husband made it out of their RV safely.

Shareholder of the park, Robert Weinstein, also spoke to News Channel 3 and commended the fire department for its prompt response.

"They came out right away and they may have saved many many lives," Weinstein said.

No firefighters were injured in the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

"We just can’t handle all this homeless not being in our community- it’s bringing in drug issues, drug problems, meth problems. We're afraid this could be related to that issue what happened here last night," Weinstein said.

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Shelby Nelson

Shelby Nelson is a News Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3. She joined our team in September 2019. Learn more about Shelby here.

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