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Caravans, cabins go in Canterbury fire

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/12/2016

Seven caravans, two cabins and a car have gone up in smoke in the hedge fire that tore through a north Canterbury camp ground.

No one was injured but it took fire crews from six nearby stations 90 minutes to control the blaze at the Leithfield Beach Motor Camp on Tuesday evening.

The fire started when a gas barbecue "backfired", leaving the man who was starting it quite shaken, says co-owner Gail Fenemore.

"It just went up real quick, quite devastating," she told NZ Newswire. "It was quite intense and very quick, amazingly so."

The destroyed caravans were privately owned.

"Two of the caravans belong to people who have been camping here for 35 years. This is their annual big holiday. We are going to see if we can find something different for them."

A few people had cancelled their bookings since the fire, but others were still ringing to see if there were still spots available, Mrs Fenemore said.

A fire investigator had established the fire started in a hedgerow between camp sites but it was not deemed to be suspicious.

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