Top North Staffordshire campsite left devastated after huge 8.30am blaze

Firefighters from two counties battled a blaze at a popular North Staffordshire campsite. And the owners of Moorlands-based Upper Hurst Farm say they can no longer take any bookings as they work to repair the damage caused by the devastating fire.

Crews from both Staffordshire and Derbyshire fire brigades were scrambled to the caravan and glamping site at around 8.30am on Sunday (June 30). Officials say they managed to stop the fire from spreading to a nearby house and neighbouring barns.

Around 100 campers were on the site at the time and were 'safely assisted away' with nobody injured. By 11.30am the incident had been 'scaled down' to three engines.

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Once fully extinguished investigators deemed the blaze, which engulfed a barn, to be accidental. Nick Jones, area manager, said: "Crews worked rapidly to stop the spread of the blaze as much as possible and to make sure nearby properties were protected.

“Thankfully, with the help of our colleagues across the border in Derbyshire, we were able to bring the incident under control and prevent any injuries being caused to those who were at the scene.”

Owners of the award-winning Tinman Lane site, which also boasts a holiday cottage, glamping yurts, and hot tubs, have urged holidaymakers seeking refunds to be patient as they look to contact those with bookings. The team say that along with the barn the site's holiday cottage was 'completely destroyed'.

A post on the Facebook page states: "Unfortunately the fire took hold so quickly that nothing could be done and it has destroyed our biomass boiler, electrics and just about everything we need for our business to operate. As well as the barn, our holiday cottage has been completely destroyed.

"Thankfully, nobody was hurt and everyone is now safe back at home. As of now, we have no business and we can’t accept any new bookings or fulfil existing bookings.

"Those who have bookings will be contacted individually. This is going to require a large insurance claim which will take time.

"As a result of this, we cannot comment on the status of refunds. If you have travel insurance, please exercise it. If not, you will need to be patient with us. We are a small business and we don’t have millions of pounds in the bank, but we will make sure everyone is seen right."

The owners have also paid tribute to firefighters, and added: "The fire crews from Derbyshire and Staffordshire have been absolutely incredible. Without their hard work and equipment, mum’s house most definitely would have gone up in flames. They prevented that from happening and we are infinitely grateful."

Scores of holidaymakers have offered words of support to the 'fabulous' site. More information on the facility can be found on the Facebook page here and official site here.

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