Family camper van completely destroyed and engulfed in flames at fuel station

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A camper van burst into flames at a Morrisons gas pump as fire engines and ambulances scrambled to the scene outside the petrol station.

Video emerged online shows flames blasting from the motorhome after it is thought to have caught on fire while being filled up at the Weymouth petrol station.

Huge plumes of black smoke can be seen billowing out from the roof as it trails to metres away.

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Motorists are advised to stay away from the scene before emergency services arrive.

Three fire engines and as many as 19 firefighters scrambled to the scene shortly after 9am on Saturday (July 30) and started pulling hose and spraying water on the roof of the petrol station.

District fire commander for Weymouth and Portland, James Plumley said "significant damage" occurred to the petrol station.

He said: "Crews have been called to a significant fire of a large camper van.

"The cause at this moment is unknown.

"Significant damage has been caused to the forecourt, to the roof and to the petrol pumping equipment.

"It has completely destroyed the camper van.

"Crews from Weymouth and Dorchester are here and an aerial ladder platform from Weymouth is en route.

"There are about 18 to 19 firefighters on the scene.

"Crews have done an excellent job at stopping the fire from spreading."

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A spokesperson for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) said: "We were called at 9.11am this morning to Dorchester Road, Weymouth.

"Two crews from Weymouth and one from Dorchester attended the incident which involved a campervan fire within the fuel pump area of a petrol station.

"Six breathing apparatus wearers used main lines and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire – our stop came at 10.11am.

"Crews will remain on scene to dampen down and check the roof of the petrol station for any hotspots."

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