Two-year-old dies after caravan catches fires

Mother and three other children managed to escape blaze

Matt Mathers
Tuesday 24 August 2021 13:42
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<p>Sealands caravan park near Skegness, Lincolnshire </p>

Sealands caravan park near Skegness, Lincolnshire

Police have launched an investigation after a two-year-old girl died following a fire at a caravan site in Lincolnshire.

Emergency services received reports of a blaze at the Sealands Caravan Park, near Skegness, at around 10.30pm on Monday.

Lincolnshire Police said that on arrival, officers found a woman and three of her children had managed to escape the fire.

The mother's fourth child died, the force added.

The mother and three children were taken to hospital for treatment and later released.

Around 50 people were asked to leave caravans near where the fire broke out as fire crews secured the area.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and the police investigation is in its early stages.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Jo Fortune said: "This is a devastating incident for all involved.

"We are in the very early stages of our investigations and the circumstances which led to the fire are not yet clear.

"We will be working closely with specialist teams to understand what happened."

She added: "We would like to appeal to anyone who was there last night and has not yet spoken to police to come forward, and for anyone with video footage to please share that with officers to add to our intelligence of the incident.

"This is particularly harrowing, with a family losing a child, and we'd ask that people remember those victims and not share footage online."

Police said an investigation team would be at the scene throughout the day, carrying out the initial stages of the inquiry.

They have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

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