Camper burns at Marion Moose Lodge

The remains of the burned camper and property on Fender Drive in Marion


A camper near Marion Moose Lodge was deemed a total loss after catching fire Wednesday morning. Three people were able to escape the blaze unharmed, according to reports.

In a separate incident, a Marion home was damaged by a fire on Thursday.

At approximately 5:03 a.m. Wednesday morning, emergency units responded to 368 Fender Drive in the Moose Lodge Campground after receiving calls about a fire at the premises.

Nebo, Marion, Glenwood and Dysartsville fire departments, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad and Emergency Management responded to the call, according to McDowell Fire Marshall Craig Walker.

Nebo Fire Capt. Shane Harris told The McDowell News on Thursday that the owner, Michael Puckett of Forest City, and two other occupants had escaped the burning structure that morning without injuries.

Firefighters were on scene for over four hours to battle the blaze.

The camper, valued at an estimated $30,000, was deemed a total loss by authorities, along with a porch connected to the structure, two golf carts, a boat and a Nissan Sentra with undetermined values.

According to Walker, the fire appears to be accidental. Further details into how the fire started are to be determined.

Then at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday, units from Marion, P.G., Hankins and Woodlawn-Sevier fire departments, McDowell EMS and McDowell Rescue Squad responded to a fire at 564 Valley Street.

According to homeowner Michael Liga, he and his wife Kendall had insulation blown in earlier that morning, and were informed by fire officials that the fire had started in a vent fan by the bathroom, working its way up to the attic.

According to Marion Fire Asst. Chief Ray McDaniel, the fire was contained within the hour. He said the attic and upper attic were savable. The specific cause to the fire is still under investigation.

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