COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – As smoke continued to billow from the ruins at Spring Valley Campgrounds, victims started to gather around, checking out the damage to their campers.
Fred Sizemore has kept a camp-site here since 1988.
His airstream camper parked on lot 16 is one of the 11 destroyed in the Monday morning fire.
“This old camper I’ve got here, I’ve had since 1996 and I’ve got a lot of good memories in it,” stated Sizemore. “And like I said, you just hate to see something like that gone.”
John Williams has been coming to Spring Valley Campgrounds for more than 15-years.
Williams said it was heart-wrenching to pull up to the site after getting word of the fire on his way to work.
According to Williams, he will be back, stating there are too many memories here not to.
“It’s going to be a mess to clean-up, but I guess we will just take it in stride,” explained Williams. “We will all clean it up. It’s a great place to camp, so I’m sure everybody is going to put something back.”
And most campers are taking it in stride.
While they dig through the crumpled metal, there’s still a little bit of humor in the air.
“The most important item is still in good shape, the boat ramp is useable. We can still go fishing,” Sizemore said jokingly.
And fishing he will, but Sizemore said it may just take him a little while to bring back another camper.
According to fire officials, they believe the fire started in one of the campers and spread to the one’s surrounding it.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to conduct an investigation as to the cause of the fire.
There were no injuries reported in Monday morning’s fire.