23 September 2014
Needs help for medical billsThey named their vintage Winnebago camper “Stella”, and dreamed of traveling across the country with their two rescued boxers, blogging about their adventures. Instead, Ivan Petrovitch and Jennifer Adkins of Lake Monticello found themselves long-term residents at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Ivan is in the ICU burn unit and Jenn is at his bedside.
The fire was a dramatic one.
“I saw the RV on the side of the road, and I could see the smoke rising out of it, and my first thought was -sorry for that guy- looks like he is overheating,” said Walt Pitts of Fredericksburg, who was returning home from vacation with his family when he saw Petrovitch’s camper broken down on the side of I-64 eastbound near the Shadwell exit on Aug. 25. “As we got closer…the door swung open, and I saw somebody jump out, literally on fire,” Pitts added.
“He went to the ground and started rolling over and put himself out,” said Pitts, who had pulled his vehicle off the interstate near the camper to help. “When I ran up, he was still smoking. The hair on his forehead was singed… I could tell that his arm was in really bad shape and it looked like his legs were in bad shape, but what I really noticed was his arm.”
Adkins and Petrovitch had just spent the weekend camping in Stuarts Draft, and were returning home, driving their RV on a long trip for the first time. They had purchased the camper recently, and planned to check it out thoroughly and make repairs once they had it home. Owning a vintage RV was new to them; in fact, when they had put gas into the camper, they accidently filled the auxiliary tank, not knowing the cap for the main tank was located in the rear of the vehicle. This may have proven to be a fateful mistake. Petrovitch believes a leak in the fuel line from the auxiliary tank may be what caused the fire.
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