Fire crews ‘damping down’ Southview Leisure Park

Plumes of black smoke rise from the blaze. Photo credit: Oliie Beeby.
Plumes of black smoke rise from the blaze. Photo credit: Oliie Beeby.

With the blaze now under control, fire crews are set to work through the night to dampen down the devastation left at Southview Leisure Park after a fire this afternoon.

Fire spread through the complex at approximately 2.20pm damaging the restaurant, bar and swimming pool areas.

The complex was fully evacuated and no one was seriously hurt.

Now, caravanners on the complex are awaiting their return to their caravans as police and fire crew ensure it is safe for them to return.

Some had their keys locked away in lockers while swimming and may have to find lock-smiths to gain entry when they can.

Earlier, some caravan owners with dogs and babies were told that they may not even be allowed back into their vans tonight, and may have to find alternative accommodation, with only so much room in the Southview Hotel.