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RV bursts into flames, local firemen respond

WARRENSBURG Flames erupting from a recreational vehicle started off a busy afternoon Wednesday for emergency responders in Warrensburg. The action started at about 12:30 p.m when a recreational vehicle belonging to Don Post of 4 Theresa James St. spontaneously burst into flames. The incident was the first of three Wednesday involving local firefighters. Post said he was shocked as he was sitting in his home, and happened to look out a window, and saw his 2004 Class A motorhome in flames with a thick column of dark smoke rising from it. I nearly had a heart attack, he said. Shortly before noon, Post had started the vehicle up, ran the engine for about an hour to charge up the battery, then turned it off and walked across the street to his house. Flames and smoke erupted from the motorhome not too long afterward, Post told firefighters, according to Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. Past Chief Richard Hull. Firefighters arriving at the scene had the fire under control soon, but the motorhome was a total loss. The fire was persistent, but kept flames contained to the vehicle. Fire company members kept the blaze from spreading to nearby trees. Post reported he had just recently used the motorhome on a vacation to Florida. Hull said the specific origin of the blaze within the vehicle was not yet determined. Then at about 2:30 p.m., the Warrensburg firefighters and members of the Warrensburg Emergency Squad responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Diamond Point Rd and state Rte. 9. Two cars had collided head-on when a southbound sedan turned left onto Diamond Point Rd. in front of a Jeep traveling northwest on Rte. 9 toward Warrensburg. Injuries in the crash were minimized by airbags, but a half-dozen people were transported to Glens Falls Hospital for treatment of minor ailments, including a woman who said she was pregnant. The firefighters busy day was wrapped up after they responded to a potential vehicle fire. A motorist driving a dilapidated car on state Rte. 9 was pulled over near McDonalds restaurant, and it was leaking fuel over a hot exhaust pipes.

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