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Firefighters battle caravan blaze at port
The fire happened at 7pm on Thursday as the caravan and car were waiting to
board a ferry in one of the embarkation lanes.
First on the scene were Port of Dover staff, who let off fire extinguishers
and managed to move other cars nearby. Two fire engines from Dover, with 10
crew, arrived at the scene minutes later.
Dover sub officer, Tony Northcott, said: "The caravan was well alight when
we arrived and we had to take the decision to sacrifice it, to save the cars
Sub officer Northcott also praised the quick-thinking actions of the Port of
Dover police, who had already rescued a gas canister from the back of the
caravan, preventing a possible explosion.
Fire crews were on the scene for around 45 minutes. It is not yet known what
caused the caravan to burst into flames and the couple who were towing it
come from Norfolk.
Meanwhile, a Port of Dover spokesman, said a higher visible Port of Dover
Police presence is patrolling the port, following the heightened terrorist
threat to the UK.
Armed police have also been sent to the port, by Kent Police, although
police say intelligence suggests there is no specific threat to Kent. Armed
police have also been deployed to Eurotunnel, Ashford International Station
and Manston Airport.
Port spokesman, Keith Southey, said: "There will be a higher uniformed
police presence in the port and we would urge the travelling public to stay
vigilant and report anything suspicious."
Mr Southey added that there was also evidence of extra people driving to the
port to try and keep travel plans, while planes were grounded at UK