Intense heat ‘melts’ van

Intense heat meant little could be saved for this caravan’s owners.

AN electrical fault under a kitchen bench is thought to have been the cause of a blaze which destroyed a caravan at Camperdown over the weekend.
Camperdown and Cobden CFA crews were called to the scene about 9.25am after a call from a nearby camper in the caravan park.
CFA member Bernie Sinnott said the fire was particularly hot.
“Being aluminium, the fire was quite intense with the caravan’s frame buckling and melting,” he said.
“It was hot enough to blow the windows out on the van next door.”
Mr Sinnott said a major concern was the possibility of the fire spreading to the adjacent van.
“We asked Cobden CFA to come in and assist,” he said.
“We carried out asset protection work and had the blaze itself under control within 15 minutes, but we were there mopping up for about an hour.”
Camperdown Police and a CFA fire investigator inspected the scene to determine a cause.
“The blaze was not considered to be suspicious and is thought to have been the result of an electrical fault,” Mr Sinnott said.
“There were no gas bottles at the scene.”
The entire caravan and attached annex were destroyed in the blaze.  The damage bill is thought to be in excess of $5000.
The van was a permanent structure at the caravan park and the owners were absent.

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