‘Injuries’ at Pontins after roof collapses

PUBLISHED: 20:12 20 February 2019 | UPDATED: 21:18 20 February 2019

Paramedics outside Pontins. Picture: Mark Atherton

Paramedics outside Pontins. Picture: Mark Atherton

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Police, fire crews and paramedics have been dispatched to Pontins holiday resort after the ceiling of one of the venue’s buildings collapsed.

Paramedics outside Pontins. Picture: Mark AthertonParamedics outside Pontins. Picture: Mark Atherton

The incident happened at the company’s park in Brean Sands this evening (Wednesday).

The Mercury understands 15-18 people were injured when an air conditioning unit and part of the ceiling collapsed in one of the bar areas.

Of those seven have reportedly been taken to hospital for treatment.

Social media was awash with stories of people being left trapped, but the police have confirmed that not to be the case.

Paramedics outside Pontins. Picture: Mark AthertonParamedics outside Pontins. Picture: Mark Atherton

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service sent several crews to the incident.

Its spokesman said ‘the incident involved the collapse of approximately 40 metres of structural ducting and ceiling sections, exposing live damaged electrics and making the scene unstable’.

An Avon and Somerset Constabulary spokesman said: “Shortly before 6.30pm this evening emergency services were called to Brean Sands Holiday Park in Brean following reports a ceiling had collapsed inside a building.

“A number of people suffered minor injuries in the incident but thankfully no-one was seriously hurt.

“A search of the scene has been carried out and we can confirm no-one was trapped under the debris.

“The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.”

The holiday resort was likely to have been busy this week with a number of children off for half-term.


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