RV fire on I-5 snarls northbound traffic

Published on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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This 32-foot RV was totaled by a fire Wednesday morning as the vehicle traveled northbound on I-5. The fire closed both northbound lanes of I-5 near exit 274 for at least an hour. Photos by Jeremy Schwartz.


An RV that caught fire backed up traffic on northbound I-5 for at least an hour just south of Blaine Wednesday morning.

Fire crews from North Whatcom Fire and Rescue responded to the fire after a 911 call was made at 8:53 Wednesday morning, a representative from the Washington State Patrol said. The 32-foot long RV spontaneously caught fire while traveling northbound on I-5 just south of exit 274. No injuries were reported.

Fire crews spent a little more than an hour fighting the blaze, the smoke from which could be seen from miles away. The fire closed both lanes of I-5 northbound near mile marker 273 and caused a backup that stretched a few miles south.
 
As of 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, one lane of northbound I-5 had been reopened. 



Above, right: the RV burns on Wednesday morning as traffic begins to back up.