A huge fire broke out and gutted one couple’s barn and 25 caravans nearby.
Husband and wife, John and Pauline, live on a farm on Lount Lane, Anslow. They spoke of their devastation after the fire took out the family barn but say they are grateful to all firefighters who helped put it out.
The couple were woken up by a loud noise at 1:30 am on Sunday 20th May, only to find their barn was in flames as well as 25 caravans that they stored for people. Gas cylinders from inside the caravans were exploding in the fire.
“The caravans contained gas cylinders which only added to the dangerous conditions faced by crews, who worked tirelessly through the night to gain control of the blaze.”
A girl who was staying at the farm was also woken by the same noise. As she discovered the fire she quickly got all the nearby horses to safety. The girl has not been named.
Eight fire engines and more than 30 firefighters worked together to tackle the raging flames. The fire was investigated, however, what caused the fire is still unknown but not thought to be suspicious.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
When the fire and rescue team was first called to the scene, they were sent two fire engines from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service which were quickly followed by five more from Tutbury and Barton-under-Needwood and the water carrier from Cheadle.
The size of the fire required additional help from Abbots Bromley, Lichfield and Swadlincote.
“It has burned out around 25 caravans and 10 others are severely heat damaged.
We store caravans for people and that has been the biggest impact.”
‘We are very upset for our customers because we have some lovely customers since the caravan site opened up in 2000. I can honestly say they are lovely and have been very understanding and sympathetic.’