Four fire crews from Hayling Island, Havant, Cosham and Portchester have been dealing with a serious caravan fire in Hayling Island . Hampshire fire and rescue were called this evening to tackle a blaze, at the award-winning Park Dean Holiday Park on Manor Road. One man is, this evening, recovering in Hospital as a result of the incident. He was taken there by ambulance.
The Gold winner of the British Travel Awards for “Best Camping & Mobile Holiday Company” turned into something out of a war zone a guest who was staying at the site has said this evening. It has taken firefighters nearly three hours to bring it under control. The fire spread quickly as the tightly-packed tourist unit caught light and gas cylinders exploded. It is not yet known what caused the fire.
More than 20 people called the emergency services and a fleet of four fire engines rushed to the park along with a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) from South Central Ambulance Service
Efforts to tackle the blaze were hampered due to an inadequate water hydrant system within the Park. Firefighters had to lay hoses from Manor Way across the main road to tackle the blaze. Four Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze that broke out just after 9pm on Sunday evening. One static home with a market value of approx £30,000 has been totally gutted by fire and two other homes were left with damage externally as crews battled to stop the fire from spreading.
Managers of the site stood back and watched as fire crews struggled to tackled the blaze. When asked for comments, managers at the site refused stating that they had a lot of upset guests to deal with. UK News in Pictures was asked to leave the site.
The cause of the blaze is currently unknown and under investigation with teams from the fire service and the Police Arson and Fire investigation Task force. The area and the park remains sealed off with a large Police and emergency services present. The management at the site are saying the park is closed for the time being.
Eyewitness Mandy Jones said: “It looked like a war zone – it was very frightening, especially for our children and pets, with loud explosions and huge flames towering over the site .”