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RV fire shut down Princess Anne St. this morning


Ken Thomas, 64, from Lackawanna, N.Y. was driving his recreational vehicle on Princess Anne Street this morning when it burst into flames.

He was approaching the light at Germania Street in downtown Fredericksburg when he heard a “mechanical sound”  and then lost power. He coasted off to the side of the road and the vehicle burst into flames, first in the engine and then spread to the interior of the vehicle, according to Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.

Thomas was not injured and had stepped out of the vehicle just as an officer came to investigate.

The fire department knocked the fire down in about 15 minutes, Bledsoe said.

The vehicle is a total loss.

Thomas, a tourist, had stopped in the area and stayed overnight. Bledsoe said he had insurance and did not need assistance.

**Original Story**

A fire that started in the engine of a recreational vehicle shut down the 2200 block of Princess Anne St. for more than an hour this morning, according to Fredericksburg Police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.

The call came in at 8:07 a.m., she said and the fire started in the engine of the vehicle. The driver, who is from New York, is uninjured and spoke to police at the scene. The RV was towed from the scene.

The fire was put out by 8:25 a.m. and the scene was cleaned up by 9:30 a.m., Bledsoe said.

More details to come