Eye-witness to Northampton caravan blaze says he saw “purple flames” and “two explosions”

Caravan fire on Rickyard Road
Caravan fire on Rickyard Road

An eye-witness to a caravan fire in Northampton this morning said two gas canisters ‘exploded’ during the blaze.

Firefighters were called to a fire outside a property in The Arbours at about 6am today.

Crews from The Mounts and Moulton stations arrived at Rickyard Road in The Arbours to find a caravan was alight.

Neighbour, Jack Hart, of Park Hill Road, said he woke up this morning at about 6.30am because the fire, in his neighbour’s garden, was really bright and lit up his bathroom.

He said: “There were purple flames, which must have been from gas canisters in the caravan. There were two explosions which damaged my neighbour’s fence and the caravan.

“No one else’s garden has been affected but one explosion nearly hit our fence.

“The flames at one point were really high.”

A spokeswoman said a house had to be evacuated as a result until the blaze was under control.

It is understood that nobody has been injured as a result of the fire.

Rav Houlas, who witnessed the incident, said: “The flames were pretty huge but the fire crews did a very good job and managed to deal with it really quickly.”

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