A HUGE fire has ripped through a holiday park in Stretton, Derbys, destroying 40 caravans as owners watched beloved family homes explode in fireballs.
Flames tore through a storage area at Ainmoor Grange Caravan Park after the blaze broke out around 5.30am yesterday.
The caravan park blew up in explosive flames, but luckily no one was injured[/caption]
Forty caravans were destroyed and a further 40 damaged by scorching heat[/caption]
Fire crews rushed to the scene and spent more than three hours tackling the inferno, which sent thick black smoke billowing into the air that was visible for miles around.
Luckily, nobody was injured and investigators from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are continuing to examine the cause of the fire.
Aerial pictures taken show the blackened and charred remains of a row of caravans which were gutted by the blaze.
Residents of the park say they have been left “heartbroken” after losing their caravans, some of which were worth £30,000.
RESIDENTS LEFT HEARTBROKEN
The owner of one caravan said: “The caravan I had was my grandfather’s and had been passed through my whole family.
“I remember going on holidays to Bognor Regis and Scarborough as a child and now it’s just a pile of ash. I’m heartbroken.
“Some of my fondest memories were in that caravan.”
Michael Cheetham said he was “devastated” he had lost items in the fire which reminded him of his dead brother.
He added: “I’m devastated, I saw a video of them blowing up – mine’s definitely gone. I feel particularly sorry for the owners, they’re wonderful people.”
One woman said her caravan, which she used for holidays, had been in the family “for generations”.
She said: “It’s all we could afford, but it was all we needed- my husband and I and our two little dogs.
“We live in the area and got a message from a relative this morning, warning us there was a fire.
“We could see it from our window and we just knew. The van was gone.”
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John Cook, from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said on Wednesday: “Crews made an aggressive attack on the fire and created a fire break.
“By doing that we managed to contain the area to the place of origin and reduce significant damage to the whole campsite.”
The popular site is home to around 500 caravans – static and touring – believed to be worth between £3,000 and £30,000.
The blaze broke out around 5.30am yesterday[/caption]
Firefighters dashed to the storage area at Ainmoor Grange Caravan Park[/caption]
A firefighter puts out any remaining flickers of fire[/caption]
The caravan park as seen from above[/caption]
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