Huge fire damages 160 caravans in Somerset

60 caravans have been destroyed after a large fire tore through Highbridge Caravan Centre in Somerset.

A series of explosions were heard by nearby residents as gas cylinders with the caravans caught light.

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Caravan centre owner: 'We are devastated that this has happened'

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A fire which tore through a family-owned caravan centre in the early hours has destroyed more than a hundred caravans worth over £1 million.

More than 60 people called the emergency services and a fleet of 10 fire engines were mobilised to Highbridge Caravan Centre in Somerset - where the blaze was eventually brought under control.

Philip Davies, Director of Highbridge Caravans, praised the quick-thinking actions of a security guard who raised the alarm.

We are devastated that this has happened...More than 100 caravans have been destroyed and as each has a value of around £10 to £15,000 the overall figure will be around £1million.

I'm thankful that our security guard spotted the fire early and thank the emergency services for their work - we had ten fire engines at the peak of the incident.

– Philip Davies

The cause is not yet known but it is originally through to have started in a shed or fence on the perimeter of the site.

No one was hurt, and since no buildings were damaged the workshop, sales area and awnings shop are still open for business.

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