Woman killed and three in hospital after horror caravan fire ‘on family holiday’

A mother was killed in a horror fire when her caravan caught alight in the middle of the night, as her partner and two children were rushed to hospital.

The blaze broke out at 4.40am on Sunday morning at the Happy Days Retro Vacations site near Saxmundham, Suffolk, with fire crews, ambulance services and police attending.

A joint investigation into the cause has been launched.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: “One woman died in the blaze and three other people were injured and are in hospital.

“The fire broke out at around 4.40am and was confined to one caravan.

“The Fire Service, East Suffolk Council and Suffolk Police are jointly investigating the incident.

“Police officers are supporting the next of kin.”

The site, marketed as Happy Days Retro Vacations, is home to seven Airstream caravans.

The site, which also allows camping, was listed as being closed on some booking sites on Sunday.

Campfires and barbecues are permitted on the site, according to booking sites.

Richard Smith, Suffolk county councillor for Blything, said he understood the victims of the blaze were a family on holiday.

He added: “I understand that the others who were in the caravan suffered burns which is not surprising as they were trying to get out of a caravan on fire.

“It’s a terrible tragedy for a family who had come up to Suffolk to enjoy a holiday in the good weather. All my thoughts are with the family, who have lost a wife and mother.

“I’m sure the fire service operatives did all they could. It is such a tragic story.

“I want to say how grateful I am for the fire service, who have had a tough job in the last week.”

Saxmundham town councillor Jeremy Smith, also expressed his condolences to the family after the tragedy

He added: “Obviously, it is extremely sad to hear that someone has died.

“From our point of view, in and around Saxmundham is a very safe place to be. It is extremely rare for this sort of thing to happen.

“Our full condolences go to the friends and family of the deceased.”

The website for the Happy Days site states that each of the caravans comes with its own fire pit.