Teenager tells of his family’s shock as caravan is destroyed by blaze

Gutted caravan in Sprowston. Picture David Bale Gutted caravan in Sprowston. Picture David Bale

David Bale
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
9:57 AM

A teenage boy spoke yesterday of how a fire in a caravan in the family’s back garden in Sprowston caused the back windows of their house to smash.

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Forrest Brown, 16, whose family's caravan was gutted by fire. Picture: Denise BradleyForrest Brown, 16, whose family's caravan was gutted by fire. Picture: Denise Bradley

Forrest Brown, 16, was at home in Varvel Avenue, off Falcon Road West, with his mother, Samantha Brown, sister Dorothy, nine, and four-month-old brother Ambrose, at about 9pm on Monday night when the blaze occurred.

He said he went out to the garden from the house to get something from the caravan, which was mainly used for storage.

“I could see that one of our conifer trees was alight,” he said. “I tried to put it out myself using a bucket of water, but it did not work. The fire then spread to the caravan.”

The family called the fire brigade, and crews from Carrow and Wroxham attended.

The teenager, who attends the Open Academy in Norwich, said: “As soon as mum saw the fire she took the children to dad’s house nearby. We were worried it was going to spread to the main part of the house.”

He said that while the caravan, which was completely gutted, was only worth about £500, it had been packed with items worth about £2,000. The fire also caused damage to the facing at the back of the house. He said the family had owned the caravan for about two years, and had previously taken it on holiday. As reported, there were gas cylinders in the caravan, which the crews made safe, but there was no need to evacuate neighbouring homes.

The firefighters returned to their stations shortly after 10pm.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Sprowston police station on 101.

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