Fire rips through caravan trailer

The gutted caravan at Mellishaw Park.
The gutted caravan at Mellishaw Park.

Firebugs who dragged a caravan to the gates of a travellers site and then torched it could have killed people, claims one resident.

The trailer, which had been abandoned on a vacant piece of land at Mellishaw Park caravan site a few days before, was gutted by the fire.

A resident of the park at Heaton-with-Oxcliffe, who did not wish to be named, said: “Everyone was in bed when we heard a commotion and shouting. A trailer had been pulled near the gate and set on fire. An elderly lady in a nearby caravan could have burnt to death.

“The firefighters were worried about the gas bottles exploding.

“If this carries on someone is going to lose their life.”

A spokesperson for Lancaster City Council which manages the travellers site on behalf of Lancashire County Council said: “Early last week a caravan was abandoned on a vacant piece of ground adjacent to the septic tank enclosure on Mellishaw Park.

“The council had made plans to remove the empty caravan last week but it was set on fire before it could do so. Arrangements have been made for what remains of the caravan to be removed from the site. The incident has been reported to the police.”

Firefighters said they were called out at 11.50pm last Wednesday, October 3 and found a large derelict static caravan on fire.

Crews from Morecambe and Lancaster attended the fire, which was extinguished within an hour.

Fire crews said they were treating the fire as deliberate.