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Leon Patillo and wife have narrow escape from burning vehicle in California.
CCM STAR of the '80s and one time Santana vocalist Leon Patillo and his wife Renee narrowly escaped serious injury on Monday night when the 36' RV they were travelling in exploded in Barstow, California. The Patillos were driving down the road following weekend concert appearances in California when there was a large explosion and smoke and flames erupted from the front air conditioning unit. Before Leon could pull off the road, the entire front of the RV was engulfed in flames.
As they scrambled to get out, none of the doors would open as the fire damaged the electrical system enough that the power locks were no longer operational. With flames in the front cabin, Renee finally managed to get her door open, but Leon was not able to climb over the centre console due to the fire. He finally managed to break a small window and crawl out, and they began to run knowing that there were several bottles of propane on board. They managed to run about 100 yards before hearing a large explosion, and the RV burned to nothing but a frame.
"Leon incurred scratches on his back from trying to go through the
driver's window, and I have a few cuts on my fingers and some under my
feet from not having any shoes," says Renee. "We did not have any
burns. We inhaled a lot of smoke but we are okay now." The fire
destroyed Leon's keyboards, merchandise, luggage and the money they
had received from love offerings at concert appearances over the
weekend. "We are still in a little state of shock but God is giving us
peace," says Renee. They are currently recuperating at their home in