Caravans fire: Residents in shock at huge scale of blaze
to a huge blaze at Highbridge Caravans early on Saturday morning
have spoken of their "shock" at the scale of the fire
which destroyed 160 caravans worth over £1m and caused huge
flames and loud explosions.
first reported here,
fire crews were called from across Somerset to battle the blaze
in the town at around 1.30am.
One eyewitness, Sally-Ann Jones, said: "It looked like a warzone
- it was very frightening, especially for our children and pets,
with loud explosions and huge flames towering over the site for
several hours. We were very relieved that the fire crews stopped
it spreading further but are shocked that it caused so much damage."
caravans were destroyed.
Jason White, who shot the video above, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It was an incredible scene with huge flames and loud pops
and bangs as the gas cylinders exploded. The
fire came very close to taking several buildings - I saw the fire
crews dowsing them down with water to save them."
added: "The fire spread so quickly - the speed at which the
caravans went up was amazing."
Nearby resident Amanda Ham, who was woken by the explosions, added:
"It was just awful. I watched in horror from my bedroom window.
My thoughts are with the Davies family."
And resident David Whatley spoke of his shock at the scenes as
he saw huge billowing flames over the site.
Davies, Director at Highbridge Caravans, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are devastated that this has happened - more than 100 caravans
have been destroyed and, as each has a value of around £10-£15,000,
the overall figure will be around £1million."
fire service received over 60 calls from concerned members of the
public as the fire spread quickly through the site, exploding gas
cylinders and burning 160 caravans.