Saturday, June 21, 2008

Boy suffers severe burns in RV fire


A 16-year-old boy was severely burned yesterday after the 18-foot motor home he was riding in burst into flames just south of the Mariposa Reina exit on Highway 101.
Santa Barbara County Fire crews were dispatched to the vehicle fire at 1:17 p.m. When they arrived they found the motor home fully engulfed in flames and 76-year-old Martin Steinbach, the owner of the RV, performing CPR on the boy.

Steinbach pulled the RV to the side of the road when he noticed smoke billowing inside the vehicle, said Officer Donald Clotworthy, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.
Clotworthy said Steinbach managed to escape from the RV, but the boy, identified as Peter Delira of San Francisco, was trapped in the back. He said several witnesses stopped to render aid, and one man managed to pry the RV’s back door open and carry Delira to safety.
“The male victim was not breathing and did not have a pulse,” Clotworthy said. “Mr. Steinbach began CPR in an attempt to revive the victim.”
He said the boy’s breathing was restored, but he suffered second and third degree burns.
County Fire Capt. Eli Iskow said the boy’s family was following the motor home when the fire broke out.
The boy was transported by ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Clotworthy said he is listed in critical, but stable condition.
One northbound lane was closed for about an hour while the charred wreckage was removed.
Iskow said the RV fire caused a small brush fire, but firefighters were able to douse the flames shortly after arriving on the scene.
He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

1 comment:

Kim Safina said...

One of the good samaritans at the scene of the RV fire that involved a recovery of a 16 year old boy was David Safina, a student at UCSB.
David and another traveler on Highway 101 pulled off when they noticed smoke coming from the motorhome on the side of the road. At that time, they found that a 16 year old was trapped inside and they kept yelling for him to open the door of the RV which was stuck. When they finally were able to open the door, a dark cloud of smoke came from the inside of the motorhome and the young 16 year old was on the floor. David Safina and another individual pulled him out by his feet and carried him to the side of the road and then David recommended that they move him further away from the RV. As they were carrying the young man, the motorhome exploded. If you are interested in what happened before crews arrived at the scene you can contact David at his email address;