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Weymouth residents shocked with news of dead person found in caravan blaze
1:00pm Wednesday 9th January 2013 in News
PEOPLE in Weymouth have spoken of their shock to hear a person died in the tragic blaze.
Nearby residents said they were ‘saddened’ to hear the blaze on Martleaves Farm had cost someone their life.
Many had rushed out to see what was going on but claimed they had not expected such a tragedy to happen so close to their homes.
Ronald Farn, of South Road, said his thoughts go out to the friends and family of the person who died.
He added: “This kind of awful incident shows us how anything can happen when you least expect it.
“I have never known anything like it around here.
“You just don’t know what tomorrow will bring – it is really sad.”
Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Margaret Leicester said she was ‘very saddened’ to hear of the event.
Community safety spokesman for the borough council and Wyke Regis councillor Geoff Petherick said he was shocked and stunned to hear the news.
He said: “It’s obviously a very sad situation.
“I’m sure the police and fire service are working very hard to establish what’s happened.”
He added: “My thoughts are with the person’s family.”
Robert Waldon-Bevan, 54, of Ryemead Lane, said: “It is so very sad, I’m a bit taken back by it.
“Our thoughts go out to the family of the person.
“It is the last thing you expect to happen on your doorstep.”
Gwen Miller, of Marlborough Avenue, said: “I knew there was a lot of activity last night but there is no way any of us thought someone had died.
“It is an awful shame.”
South Road resident Isabel Adams said she was upset to hear what had happened.
“It is really sad, whoever it was it sounds like a terrible way to die.”
Darran Gunter, chief fire officer at Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, took to Twitter after the tragedy.
He posted: “Tragic loss of life in a caravan fire in Wyke Regis, Weymouth – cause being investigated.”