Explosion Burns 2 at Santee Campground

Fishing gear and tenting equipment surrounded the RV at the campground in Santee

A propane tank exploded at a popular campground in San Diego County, seriously burning two people.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies say a man and a woman were trying to light a propane stove around 10 p.m. in Santee Lakes when the explosion occurred.

Both suffered burns to 40 or 50 percent of their bodies, Santee fire officials said. 

The victims were able to walk out of trailer on their own but will have a long recovery.

They were rushed to the UCSD Burn Center for treatment.

The tank was inside the motor home and caused significant damage to the RV, Santee Fire Battalion Chief Tim Stuber said.

Other campers tried to help the men before emergency personnel arrived, Stuber said.

The cause of the blast was under investigation. Fire officials said the explosion was a flash and self-extinguished.

Excess unburned fuel inside the trailer may have ignited causing the blast, officials said.

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