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Caravan Fire – Bognor Regis

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West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service have praised the actions of a holiday park warden who sprung into action when a caravan caught fire and threatened to spread to adjacent homes in Bognor Regis. Fire crews from Bognor Regis fire station were called to Willows Park in Lidsey Road at 21:55hrs yesterday. Whilst fire crews were on route to the incident the quick thinking warden isolated three gas cylinders and disconnected the supply pipes, which enabled him and another occupier to move them to a safe distance from the blaze. Firefighters could see the fire three miles away from the incident and promptly called for further fire engines. Although the caravan was completely destroyed by the blaze the actions of the warden certainly prevented a possible explosion, which could have allowed the fire to spread to several nearby homes and caused serious injury. The occupier of a nearby home, which became smoke logged, had discovered that the packaging around his smoke alarm battery was still sealed and prevented the alarm from sounding. This highlights the need to regularly test smoke alarms at least once a week, although the alarm was installed the battery was not connected correctly, this could have resulted again in serious injury had the fire spread to this property. Fire engines from Bognor Regis, Chichester and Littlehampton attended the scene. Crews wearing breathing apparatus used two hose reels and two jets to extinguish the blaze. Two adults and three children managed to escape to safety without injury. The cause of the fire is believed to be a faulty water boiler. Two neighbouring caravans and a car were also slightly damaged by radiated heat from the fire. Station Officer Andy Mathews from the Services Community Fire Safety Department said: “This is an unfortunate reminder that it is just as important to take fire safety precautions in your caravan as it is in your home. You should always test the smoke alarm and prepare an emergency escape plan. It is equally important to ensure that a qualified service engineer regularly services your gas appliances.”

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