Man escapes van fire

Wiped out: a caravan was destroyed by fire at Yanakie Caravan Park last Wednesday.


A MAN was lucky to flee his caravan alive after the van caught on fire at Yanakie Caravan Park last Wednesday.

The caravan was engulfed in flames around 2.30am.

The man escaped with smoke inhalation and burns to his head but his injuries were not critical, said CFA District Nine operations manager Simon Bloink.

The victim drove to home in Melbourne that night, but later the next day took himself to the Dandenong Hospital for a doctor to review his injuries.

“Anyone is much more vulnerable when they’re sleeping, so he is a very lucky man to escape with only minor injuries,” Mr Bloink said.

“I guess the message is if you don’t have a smoke alarm in your home, holiday house or caravan, you should definitely install one as soon as possible.”
Mr Bloink was not sure if the caravan had a smoke alarm.

CFA reached the scene before the fire spread to the surrounding area, but firefighters from Yanakie and Fish Creek were unable to save the caravan and annexe from being destroyed.

Three fire trucks and 10 firefighters attended.

Mr Bloink said while it was unknown how the fire started, the CFA did not believe the blaze was suspicious.

South Gippsland Shire Council owns the Yanakie Caravan Park and a council spokesperson said the fire was still being investigated.

The man was holidaying in Yanakie and owned the caravan.




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