Motor home fire shuts down Highways 41 and 45 in Richfield

Thursday night, June 1 at 11:35 PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a motor home on fire, on Highway 41 southbound, near Pleasant Hill Road in Richfield.

A driver saw the home, which was emitting heavy smoke, stopped between the center and right lanes of Highway 41. When deputies arrived the motor home was covered in flames, and the driver had left the scene.

The Richfield Fire department was dispatched to the scene and both Highways 41 and 45 had to be shut down.

Firefighters put out the fire and the Washington County Highway Department was called to remove melted metal fragments from the road.

An investigation revealed that the motor home became disabled while it was being driven and then started on fire. The driver, a 41-year-old man from Milwaukee, was located a short time later, away from the scene, and will be cited for traffic related offenses. 

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