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Static caravan destroyed by fire in north Cornwall

Static caravan destroyed by fire in north Cornwall

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:02am 17th October 2019. (Updated at 9:48am 17th October 2019)

Photos: Bodmin Community Fire Station

It is believed a fire that destroyed a static caravan in north Cornwall started in a tumble dryer.

20 gas cylinders were involved in the blaze at Lockengate near Bodmin - 11 of which exploded.

The flames were spreading to a stack of hay bales, late on Wednesday morning.

Crews from the town and St Austell called in back-up from St Dennis and Launceston at around 11.50am.

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Firefighters believe a blaze that destroyed a static caravan in north Cornwall started in a tumble dryer


Bodmin Community Fire Station shared the photos on social media, with a warning to other owners.

"Just returned from a serious fire involving 20 LPG cylinders believed to have started in a tumble dryer. 

"Luckily nobody was hurt. 

"Please remember to clean the lint filters in your tumble dryers".

Bodmin Community Fire Station

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20 gas cylinders were caught in the fire at Lockengate near Bodmin - 11 of which exploded


"One fire appliance Bodmin and one appliance from St Austell were mobilised to a fire involving cylinders and a static caravan.

"On arrival, the fire crews confirmed the static caravan was well alight and a number of LPG gas cylinders were involved, some of which were exploding. 

"Further assistance was requested and fire appliances from Bodmin and St Dennis were mobilised, with supporting appliances from St Austell and Launceston.

"The fire is spreading to a stack of hay bales and there is a barn containing cattle next to the stack.

"Firefighters are currently cooling the gas cylinders and preventing the fire from spreading further.

"A further two pumps have been requested and they are from Mevagissey (were standing-by at St Austell) and Liskeard (providing fire cover for Bodmin).

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Bodmin Community Fire Station shared photos of the blaze and the damage on social media as a warning


"Update at 1630hrs: The fire has been extinguished. Twenty LPG cylinders were involved, eleven of which exploded. 

"Firefighters prevented the fire spreading to the barn.

"The cause of the fire is accidental. All fire crews have left the scene".

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

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