Toddler dies and dozens evacuated in ‘devastating’ fire at popular caravan park

The cause of the blaze is so far unknown, and police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward

A two-year-old toddler has died tragically in a blaze at a caravan park in Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire.

The child’s mother and three of her children escaped to safety and were treated in hospital, but have since been released.

At a glance: 5 key points

  • A two-year-old has died as a result of a fire which broke out at around 10:30pm in a caravan at the Sealands Caravan Park, in the popular holiday destination of Ingoldmells, near Skegness
  • Around 50 people from caravans in the immediate area were asked to leave their vans and were able to go to emergency accommodation setup nearby.
  • Lincolnshire Police said there will be an investigation team on scene throughout the day while initial investigations are carried out.
  • The cause of the fire has not yet been established.
  • Anyone with information or video footage is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police by emailing email link [email protected] quoting incident 469 of 23 August in the subject box. Or, alternatively, to call the non-emergency number 101, quoting the incident number, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

What’s been said?

Detective Inspector Jo Fortune, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “This is a devasting incident for all involved. We are in the very early stages of our investigations and the circumstances which led to the fire are not yet clear. We will be working closely with specialist teams to understand what happened.

“We would like to appeal to anyone who was there last night and has not yet spoken to police to come forward, and for anyone with video footage to please share that with officers to add to our intelligence of the incident.

“This is particularly harrowing, with a family losing a child, and we’d ask that people remember those victims and not share footage online.”

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue crews who attended the incident are being offered welfare support.

Matt King, Divisional Commander for East Division at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: "Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the family at this time.

"Our Fire Investigation Team will be working with CSI colleagues from Lincolnshire Police to complete a full investigation into the cause of the fire.

"All firefighters have been offered welfare support, and once investigations are complete, local fire crews and our community fire safety team will be on hand to talk to people in the area and address any fire safety concerns, at what will be an upsetting time.