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Family loses everything to motorhome explosion

Dec 28, 2021, 10:58 AM | Updated: 11:25 am

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Family loses home, transportation in RV explosion. 3 left in critical condition. Photo: Amanda Hawley

VEYO, Utah — A family lost everything in a motorhome explosion on Monday. Two children and their father are in critical condition.

A hometown road trip gone awry 

The Copelands were traveling to a small town in Utah where they once lived. The family of six was visiting Veyo, Utah in their motorhome. 

Kyle and Whitney Copeland are the parents of four children; two daughters, and two sons. Kyle Copeland is an investment manager and has the ability to work remotely from anywhere in the country. They decided to sell their home and converted a bus into a motorhome. The family packed up their life and began to travel the country.

KSL TV’s Matt Rascon spoke to Kyle Copeland’s father, Greg Copeland, about the incident. 

On Monday night, one of Kyle and Whitney’s daughters reported hearing strange noises from the propane heater, said Copeland. Around 10:00 p.m., their home exploded.

Damage done to the Family’s motorhome. Photo: Amanda Hawley

A witness reported she could see the fireball from two miles away. 

The vehicle reportedly exploded on Center Street in Veyo. Rascon reported that Kyle ran into the flames to retrieve his youngest and eldest child.

When officials arrived on scene they reported seeing flames coming out of a Big Bird Bus, and that the vehicle was nearly fully engulfed. All occupants were outside of the vehicle. 

Family loses their transportation, their home

Kyle, his eldest daughter, and his youngest were life-flighted to a nearby hospital. Once medical personnel saw their injuries, Kyle and his eldest were transported to a burn treatment center in Las Vegas. Kyle’s father told Rascon that 80% of his 11-year-old granddaughter’s skin was covered in burns. 

The mother and the two other children were transported to a hospital by an ambulance. 

The father, oldest daughter and youngest son are reportedly hurt with severe burns and in critical condition. The mother, oldest son, youngest daughter and the family pet are unharmed. 

Fire department responds to motorhome explosion. Photo: Amanda Hawley

Friends of the family are fundraising for them. The GoFundMe specifies that the family lost all “worldly possessions;” the fire took not only their transportation, but their home.

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