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RV fire on I-5 leaves wreckage

A Medford couple walked away uninjured from a car fire that destroyed their motor home Sunday afternoon on Interstate 5 near Gold Hill.

Joy Adreon, 85, said she and her husband, Leon, 86, heard a loud popping noise coming from the front of their vehicle while traveling southbound on I-5 around 3:30 p.m. They pulled over and noticed fire and smoke coming from underneath the 1988 motor home.

The fire spread from the front end of the motor home to the back, burning the front half of the vehicle, according to Jackson County Fire District No. 3 Battalion Chief Rod Edwards.

The fire also spread to a small area in a grassy field near the freeway. Edwards said crews contained the fire within minutes.

Edwards said the fire likely started in the transmission and quickly spread to the back of the vehicle.

Adreon said she and her husband were coming from a camping trip in Canyonville. The two have traveled across the United States in the motor home, which has about 94,000 miles on it, she said. "I'm crying inside right now," said Adreon, whose camera and purse were left inside the vehicle.

Two fire engines from Jackson County Fire District No. 3 and firefighters from the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to the fire.

One lane on I-5 southbound near milepost 40 was closed for more than an hour.