NORTH BENTON, Ohio (WKBN) – A fire destroyed multiple campers at a Portage County campground Sunday morning.
Fire crews were sent to the McDermott Lakefront Campground at around 5:30 a.m. Multiple crews were on scene, including some from Mahoning County.
Deerfield Fire Chief Vaughn Surcliffe said two people were taken to the hospital. Both are receiving treatment inside burn units at an Akron hospital.
At least four campers were involved in the fire. Chief Sutcliffe said everyone else either got out safely or were not at their camper at the time.
Firefighters on scene said the fire erupted due to small explosions from propane tanks.
State fire marshals from both Portage and Mahoning counties, along with Portage County fire investigators are looking into the cause. It is believed that the fire started in the camper on lot 84 and quickly spread to the adjoining campers on both sides. The Deerfield Fire Department said that the estimated property loss is up to $200,000.
Crews were on scene late into the morning watering down what was left to avoid rekindling.