UPDATE: Man Suffers Critical Injuries in Pacheco Motor Home Fire

March 20, 2017 17:26 pm · 19 comments

A man is in critical condition after suffering severe burns in a motor home fire Sunday night in the Pacheco area of unincorporated Contra Costa County, a fire marshal said.

The fire was reported at 10:43 p.m., and when emergency crews arrived at 150 S. Buchanan Circle they found a motor home parked near a public storage facility, according to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Robert Marshall.

The vehicle was fully on fire and a man was walking around, conscious and breathing but with severe burn injuries. Firefighters tended to his injuries, and the victim was later transported by helicopter to the burn center at UC Davis Medical Center.

Initially there had been concern that the fire might spread, but firefighters had it knocked down by 10:57 p.m., Marshall said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

photo credit: Craig Cannon – for use only on Claycord.com

DIABLO March 20, 2017 at 6:10 PM

This person had been my neighbor, I saw him many times when going to storage. Prayers are with him and his family.

GRX March 20, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Smoker? I mean of cigarettes of course.

Marco March 20, 2017 at 6:52 PM

Bunch of demons live in those units! #teamtweak

Anon March 20, 2017 at 8:16 PM

Propane torch accident? Probably meth related

John March 20, 2017 at 11:08 PM

I cant believe some of the negative comments here. It sounds like this man lost his home and almost his life and all some you can say is hes probably a meth head. You dont know a damn thing about this man or his story, but youre quick to publicly assume the worst . My prayers go out to him.

Cameltowingservice March 20, 2017 at 11:09 PM

Mr. Marco. I’m not sticking up for the lil guy , not even the smaller lil guy like you. But RV’s are for people. The Demons are those who help you remind mr smaller lil guy Marco who lives in a ……. Ahhh !! Your just a jerk.

ConcordKate March 20, 2017 at 11:26 PM

So sad, I hope the man will be ok. Just wondering, though – are people supposed to be living in their RV’s on Buchanan Circle?

AnonZ March 21, 2017 at 5:54 AM

#7, of course not. Homelessness is a problem……. or rather the high cost of living in our world is a problem. Prayers.

Pffffff March 21, 2017 at 6:12 AM

@Concordkate….. Who Cares?It’s better than living under a bridge or sleeping at a bus stop!

Silva March 21, 2017 at 6:42 AM

How very sad.

Chicken Little March 21, 2017 at 8:40 AM

Most RV fires are caused by refrigerator malfunctions, not by cooking meth.

mary f - ph March 21, 2017 at 8:42 AM

Uh, hellooo? That is not a motorhome, but a travel trailer. Big dfifference.

mary f - ph March 21, 2017 at 8:46 AM


What do you mean he was your neighbor? He lived in the next house and just parked his travel trailer on the street??? I hope that is what you meant, although the CVC requires you to move the TT every 72 hours.

If he was living in his TT, that is illegal. I know PH and Concord have laws against living in your car. Most neighbors, DIABLO, would have reported him to the police.

mary f - ph March 21, 2017 at 8:49 AM

#11 @ChickenLitte:

RV fires are also caused by smoking in bed and the propane heaters and stove they use or their generators.

mary f - ph March 21, 2017 at 8:54 AM


A motorhome or motorcoach (Class A-C) have a vehicle built into them and can drive themselves.

A travel trailer, 5th wheel, toy hauler, tear drop trailer, pop-up trailer, park model, slide-in camper, and hybrid must be towed by a truck or SUV (except for for a 5th wheel, it must be towed by a truck; and for a truck slide-in camper, it is carried as payload in a truck’s bed, and you can tow something else if you want).

Both a motorhome and the various trailers above are collevtively known as RV’s.

mary f - ph March 21, 2017 at 8:57 AM

In rare cases, bicycles can be used to tow RV trailers, especially in East Asia:


Massoni March 21, 2017 at 1:10 PM

The issue at hand should be generated more towards fire safety and awareness issues. The lack of education, in schools, media etc is a shame. Fires start easily, fast and has no boundries or judgment.. I am a burn survivor of 6 yrs and wkng in advocacy. Our kids should be educated at school by fire depts and advocates not opinions. I started a bbq while camping with gas (kniwing consequence but “we all do it”), does that make this survivor any different because of location and rv?! Rhetorical My heart, prayers and support go out to both victim and family. ♡

DIABLO March 21, 2017 at 8:16 PM

@mary f – ph

He didn’t always live there, he used to live in a house. I don’t know what happened for him to fall on hard times but that’s not really the point. I wouldn’t wish what happened on anybody. We have lots of homeless in Pacheco, some are good hearted with mental issues and some that would steal the shoes off your feet. The Sheriffs Department does not have the means nor the manpower to deal with all of it. Besides, if none of the businesses in that court had a problem with him being there then why would I have a problem with it?

Dom March 21, 2017 at 11:45 PM

Poor guy, prayers being said for him. Is there a way to help him out? I would like to help.

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