BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Sheriff's Deputies and Bend fire responded to a reported explosion off of Brookswood Blvd, early Friday morning. When fire crews arrived at Lone Cow Drive, just before 3:30 a.m., they found a travel trailer engulfed in flames.
One man was reportedly critically injured and may have been inside the RV at the time of the explosion; he was taken to St. Charles Bend.
According to fire investigators, the cause of the blast was a propane leak. The occupants had just moved into the 1978 trailer and didn't realize a gas line was not properly capped when a fridge was removed. They started the cook top this morning, and propane filled the trailer until it reached an explosive level.
Bend Fire reminds RV owners to inspect fuel systems regularly. And, if the trailer is new to you, ensure all connections are tight and there are no open ends.