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Birthday trip takes tragic turn for Tucson family

Craig Winters, Jeannie Withrow and son Justin. (Source: Family) Craig Winters, Jeannie Withrow and son Justin. (Source: Family)
The family's Chinese Crested Izzy. (Source: Family) The family's Chinese Crested Izzy. (Source: Family)
The family's Chinese Crested Pandora. (Source: Family) The family's Chinese Crested Pandora. (Source: Family)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Tucson family's birthday trip took a disastrous turn when their RV caught fire and a propane tank exploded.

According to CBS 8 in San Diego, Craig Winters, Jeannie Withrow, their 14-year-old son Justin and their dogs were on their way to Silver Strand for Withrow's birthday.

Winters, Withrow and the family's two Chinese Cresteds, Izzy and Pandora, were seriously injured when the propane tank exploded on Sunday, Aug. 21. Justin and a third dog were unharmed.

"At the moment we walked by the propane tank we had a big explosion," Winters told CBS 8. "We were engulfed in flames. We all screamed and then we managed to get away but by that time the damage was done."

Winters spent eight days in the hospital with "first-degree burns on hands, arms and face."

Withrow, who has burns on 60 percent of her body, is in a medically induced coma.

Justin is now back in Tucson to go to school and is staying with family.

The vet bills for Izzy and Pandora are already over $20,000. Izzy is recovering well while Pandora is struggling.

Winters is staying in San Diego to be near Withrow as she recovers.

A GoFundMe page has been started to help with medical bills. According to a post on the page, Winters recently retired after working at Pima Community College for the past 30 years.

According to CBS 8, anyone who wants to help with their pet veterinarian bills can send their contributions to: VCA Emergency Animal Hospital, 2317 Hotel Circle, San Diego, CA 92108, ATTN: Izzy and Pandora Medical.

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