An investigation has been launched after caravans were destroyed in a blaze in Northumberland.
The fire broke out at Charlton’s Caravan Storage, between Ellington and Lynemouth, at around 2.30pm yesterday.
Explosions could be heard and thick, black plumes of smoke seen for miles around as gas cyclinders exploded and fire crews battled to bring the situation under control.
Fifteen firefighters attended the scene and a cordon was put around the storage and the road beside it was closed.
Nobody was hurt in the fire, which was brought under control two hours later.
A spokeswoman for Northumberland Fire and Rescue said: “We dealt with a fire at a caravan storage facility between Ellington and Lynemouth.
“Ten caravans and two motorhomes were destroyed and three caravans and two motorhomes were damaged by the fire.
“Three appliances attended, two from Pegswood and one from West Hartford, and 15 firefighters were involved in fighting the blaze.
“There were ten liquid petroleum gas cylinders in the vicinity of the fire and some exploded. Fire crews adopted the procedure for these cylinders – applying a water spray to cool them and then checking that they were safe.
“During the fire an inner cordon was established by the fire service and an outer one by the Police, and the road outside the facility was closed.
“The fire has now been extinguished and control of the site handed over to Northumbria Police. A joint investigation by the Police and the fire service into the cause of the fire will begin tomorrow morning.
“No-one was injured during the incident.”
Eyewitness Paul Garner, who lives in Lynemouth, said: “I was driving back from Blyth when I saw the smoke. The closer I got to Lynemouth, the worse it looked.
“You could hear the gas bottles exploding. You could see the flames and the black smoke.”
“I’ve spoken to the owner of the site and the word at the moment is that it could be youths, who have climbed a fence.
“I hope the owner’s of the caravans are insured, they’re a mess."