Caravan fire

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A PROBE is underway after caravan was destroyed in a fire.

The static caravan went up in flames at Crimdon Dene Holiday Park, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, on Saturday night.

There were concerns someone may have been inside when the fire broke out, but firefighters found it was empty.

Four fire engines tackled the blaze at the caravan park off Coast Road between Hartlepool and Blackhall Colliery.

Quick-thinking residents moved explosive gas cylinders away from the burning caravan and used hosepipes before the brigade arrived.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known, but it is said to have started around the bedroom area.

Andy Hardy, watch manager at Stranton Fire Station in Hartlepool, said: “It was thought there might be somebody in there but it turned out there wasn’t.

“It was totally destroyed by fire. The fire was coming out of the caravan’s windows.

“There were residents with hosepipes when we got there and they took the good step of moving gas cylinders away from it.

“We are unsure how it actually started and is the subject of an investigation.”

Three fire engines from Stranton station and one from Peterlee Fire Station attended the incident at around 9pm.

It took firefighters around an hour to put out the fire.