Caravan explosion investigation continues

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Brow House caravan site in Goathland''w121901b

INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into the cause of an explosion at a campsite in Goathland which completely destroyed a caravan on Sunday.

The two occupants of the caravan, a 55-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, both from Whitby, were taken to hospital with severe burns.

The explosion occured at around 6.45am at Brow House Farm in Goathland, leading fire investigators to believe that the couple may have been asleep in bed at the time.

Fire crews from Goathland, Whitby and Danby attended the scene, although the fire was out upon arrival.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire Service said: “It was quite an explosion, there was not much left of the caravan, so our job was to look after the casualties.”

The female victim was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, while the male victim was transferred to a specialist burns unit in Newcastle.

The cause of the explosion is believed to have been a leaking gas tank, but investigations are ongoing.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious and police are not searching for anyone else in connection with the incident.

When contacted by the Gazette, a representative at Brow House Farm caravan site declined to comment.