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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Fire crews tackle blaze at Silloth holiday park

Fire tore through a static caravan at the Lido Village, near Silloth.

Silloth fire photo
The fire near Silloth airfield

Flames quickly engulfed it the caravan and the smoke belching from the blaze was visible for miles around.

As the 30ft high flames died down, all that remained of the caravan that had been the home of a couple in their forties were charred timbers.

Firefighters believe that it was probably caused by an electrical fault.

The alarm was raised at 12.20pm today by staff working at the nearby Enkev fibre factory who spotted smoke pouring from the burning caravan.

The couple who had been living in it were believed to have been out shopping in nearby Silloth at the time.

Fire crews from Wigton, Silloth and Aspatria were quickly on the scene but the blaze was so ferocious that the caravan could not be saved.

“It was all destroyed in just over an hour,” said one shocked neighbour.

A fire officer at the scene pointed out that the couple who lived in the caravan had used a tumble drier and washer there earlier in the day.

“The fire was probably caused by an electrical fault,” said the officer.

Fire Service watch manager Eddie Burrows said: “There was an oil tank which was exposed to some heat nearby, but there was no real danger.

“When the crews arrived at the scene they found a well-developed fire which they tackled.

“We quickly established that there was no one inside.

“Fortunately, the owners were out at the time.

“There was no threat to the properties nearby,” added Mr Burrows.

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