DIXON (CBS13) – Investigators now believe the manufacturing of drugs could be what sparked an RV fire at the Dixon Fairgrounds Monday night. The fire killed two and left two others badly burned.
CHP officers confirmed this is now a criminal investigation. A man who is staying at the fairgrounds saw the flames and said his home burned in the Paradise Camp Fire. He said Monday night’s fire was frightening.
Christian Marquez grabbed cell phone video of another RV on fire at the Dixon Fairgrounds Monday night.
Around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, police received word of a fire in the 600 block of South First Street. When they arrived at the scene, police found two men people lying outside the motor home. Officers pulled them to safety and learned two more people were inside of the vehicle, which at that point was fully engulfed in flames.
The two people who died were both males, according to a Dixon Fire Department statement.
Since the incident happened on Dixon Fairgrounds, CHP officers are investigating the cause of the fire.
“Right now we have fire crews and CHP going through evidence and sorting through facts and clues, and we have upgraded the investigation to a criminal investigation for the fact that they may have been manufacturing drugs inside the vehicle,” said officer David Harvey.
Neighbors say a group of people were at the trailer Monday night. Brian Stokes’ backyard backs up to the fairgrounds. He said it’s not uncommon to see RVs together like that.
“They pay in advance based on how long they stay. But this is the first time something like this has happened,” Stokes said.
Fairground officials said campers can stay up to two weeks at $30 a night. Campers are not allowed to have open fires or firearms.