Traveling Louisville family survives RV fire - News, Weather & Sports

Traveling Louisville family survives RV fire

The burned remains of the Ely RV. The burned remains of the Ely RV.

MONTGOMERY, AL (WAVE) – A Louisville family is counting their blessings after the RV they were traveling in caught fire on Interstate 65 in south central Alabama.

On February 21, the Ely family was just south of Montgomery when their older RV started smoking. Tom Ely said they pulled over and got out as fast as they could.

After getting his family out of the RV, Ely said they got as far away from it as they could. Ely said the flames were tremendous and the vehicle exploded twice. There was plenty to fuel the fire. Ely said he had just gotten $100 worth of gas two exits before the fire was discovered.

Alabama troopers planned to pay for a hotel room for the Ely's, who have a child with Down syndrome. However, a member of an international organization that helps special needs children heard the story and took over and brought the Elys to their convention taking place at an area hotel. The organization brought clothes for the family and paid for their room and board.

Ely said he's not a religious man, but he believes God had a hand in their safety and care. He also said he's a changed man because of what happened after that RV caught fire.

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