Investigators studying RV fires in Moncks Corner

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - A regional meeting of fire officials scheduled Thursday in Moncks Corner gave attendees the chance to study techniques involved in investigating arson fires in recreational vehicles.

At 1 p.m. Thursday in Moncks Corner, two recreational vehicles were burned behind the Walmart on Highway 52. The vehicles were set on fire to help investigators learn what to look for when trying to determine the cause -- arson, manufacturer's defect, or by accident.

National Fire Training Consultant Chris Bloom said arson in RVs is a growing trend for insurance purposes.

"With the economy the way it is we are seeing an increase. Myself and some other investigators are noticing it time and again it's happening more and more," Bloom said.

Fire crews were on scene to ensure safety.

"We have to be familiar with all type of fire whether it be RVs, car fires. We have to be on top of it so when we respond to it, even if it's something we don't go to on a regular basis, we want to make sure we know what we're looking at, how to investigate it," said SCIAAI Training Coordinator Brian Christmas.

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