Caravan park in Southerness destroyed by fire

A caravan park near Dumfries and been destroyed by fire.

Wednesday, 10th July 2013, 2:31 pm
The Mermaid Leisure complex at Southerness, near Dumfries, was destroyed in an overnight blaze despite the efforts of 30 firefighters from five brigades

The Mermaid complex at Southerness, a popular holiday spot housing dozens of caravans, went up in smoke last night (Monday) and eyewitnesses say the park has been “completely destroyed”.

Five fire engines from Dumfries, Dalbeattie, and Castle Douglas, along with one supervisory officer, were called to the scene and officers began to tackle to outbreakinto the early hours.

No one was injured but Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Safety and Resilience team activated an emergency centre with a small team assembled to support the emergency response and recovery.

A council spokesman said: “The fire completely destroyed the main leisure complex building at Southerness. This accommodated the bar, shop, swimming pool, play area, electrical supply for pitches, and water supply to stand pipes. The site has around 220 static caravans. Residents who were evacuated have now been allowed back to their caravans.

“The Council is currently working with the site owner and other agencies to secure the site and put temporary power and water supplies in place. The Council’s DGFirst has deployed two catering units to provide welfare support. The Council’s Economic Regeneration team is working on business support and recovery.”