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Recreational vehicle fire on Kansas Turnpike backs up traffic for 6 miles Monday

Wellington fire logo use this oneSumner Newscow report — The Wellington Fire/EMS responded to a recreation vehicle fire at milepost 23 on the Kansas Turnpike on Sept. 5 at 3:49 p.m.

Upon arrival, the WFD found a fully involved trailer being pulled by a recreational vehicle with a car and two motorcycles inside.

The rear half of the recreational vehicle was on fire and started a small grass fire. Staff used two hand lines to bring the fire under control.

The total loss of the vehicle was $320,000.

According to media reports, Daniel James and his wife are from McAlester, Okla. and were returning home from a vacation in Alaska. They were not hurt, nor were their two dogs who were traveling with them.

Cause of the fire is unknown.

There was a six-mile backup as emergency crews cleaned up the scene, according to the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

There was mutual aid from Fire District 9 and was worked by the Kansas State Patrol. The clean-up lasted until 8:30 p.m.

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