Family escapes Father's Day RV fire at Lake Sam Rayburn, parents flown to Dallas burn center
LAKE SAM RAYBURN, TX (KTRE) - In the New World subdivision off County Road 497 in Nacogdoches County, Georganna and Howard Ure Father's Day morning began with a call to 9-1-1 after they woke up to see something on fire down on the Park Sam Rayburn campsites below their home.
“It was very orange and just under the awning,” Georganna said from her porch, which overlooks Sam Rayburn Lake.
“At first I thought it was college kids perhaps with a bonfire,” Howard said. “But then I heard the propane fuse blow.”
After call for help, Georganna took several pictures of the fire, which ignited after 5 AM.
Nacogdoches County Patrol Sergeant Johnwayne Valdez said the Etoile Volunteer Fire Department where the first to arrive on the scene.
"It was fully engulfed," Valdez said about the camper fire that grew so hot that the metal awning that protected it bowed in due to the intense fire. “Inside the RV, were Cameron Niosi, his wife Lindsey, there children: a 2-year-old and a 9-month-old.”
Valdez said when emergency crews arrived, the family could not be found.
"At the time there was no vehicle on the grounds, but the deputy spotted glass on the ground. That was car glass.. As we continued to dig into, we finally located the family that was inside of the RV. "
They were able to locate the family, by using the license plate on the R-V to locate the owner. From there, contact was made with Cameron Niosi's parents—the owners of the RV and lakeside lot.
"It appears there was a fire possibly on the exterior of the trailer,” explained Nacogdoches Fire Captain Michael Brown, who is also a fire marshal.
"Luckily, the occupants were able to get out of the trailer. However there were injuries sustained during that."
Sergeant Valdez said the father drove his family to Woodland Heights Medical Center.
That's at least a 40-mile-drive through a dark Angelina National Forest.
"The two children were released to family members with minor injuries,” Valdez added. “Both the mother and father were transferred to parkland burn center with severe burns around their leg areas as far as I know."
Fire Marshal Brown says the cause of this Father's Day Fire is undetermined--right now.
"There are no indicators of any foul play of any sort," Brown said
Brown plans to talk with the survivors to help determine what flared up and destroyed the camper in a fiery orange blaze.
As of Sunday evening, an administrator with Parkland Burn Center in Dallas, both Cameron and Lindsey Niosi were listed in fair condition.
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