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UPDATE: Thousands raised for Penticton man whose RV exploded

The man suffered burns and is now without a home for him and his senior dog
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A suspected propane leak caused an RV to explode at Happy Hills RV Resort on Feb. 15. The man was home at the time and suffered burns. (Dave Armstrong Facebook)

In just one day, more than $5,000 has been raised for the man whose RV exploded last week in Penticton.

Mary Moorman has started a Gofundme for Denis Legace after his RV blew up with him in it on Feb. 15 at Happy Hills RV Resort.

In the Gofundme, she said that Legace was living off of disability when it is believed a propane tank being installed sprung a leak causing his ‘humble home’ to explode.

When Penticton Fire crews arrived they found a travel trailer with the sides blown open from an apparent explosion. Crews ensured the propane was isolated and located the tenant who was sitting outside suffering from burns, said Rob Trupp, assistant fire chief. An ambulance took the victim to hospital.

Penticton Indian Band fire department arrived and assumed command of the incident, said Trupp.

According to Moorman, Legace will take time to recover from significant burns he sustained. His senior dog was with him at the time but only suffered singed fur.

With no money to purchase a replacement RV, Moorman is hoping the community can come together to help.

“I know this community can help him, with even small donations,” she said. The idea behind the fundraiser is to purchase a small used RV and have it in place for Legace and his dog soon.

“Nothing extravagant, but humble, warm and dry.”

So far, around $6,700 has been raised towards the $20,000 goal.

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Monique Tamminga

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Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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