Pontins roof collapse – 18 injured after roof collapses at Brean Sands holiday park during half-term show

Witnesses described in horror how debris appeared to rain down on them as about 100 people were in an entertainment centre.





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A Southwestern Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We sent our HART team, 2 critical care teams, 6 ambulances and 3 officers. 18 patients were treated with 6 being taken to hospital."

It is thought a wall or ceiling collapsed in one of the main rooms of the family holiday complex as adults got ready to play bingo and kids were watching entertainment.

One stunned person described it as "like a terror attack", adding she thought children were injured.

“A big long wall has collapsed from height with lots of lighting rigging and TV screens attached to it, falling onto guests," said one eyewitness.

A spokesman for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service told Somerset Live it is thought some ducting collapsed.

Lisa Cook told the newspaper she was hit by some falling debris as the roof caved in. She said: "I’d just bought a bingo ticket and had moved into the entertainment area.

“Something fell from the roof and scraped the side of my neck but missed my head – I’m lucky, really.

“It happened about an hour ago."

Former New Zealand cricketer Iain O'Brian wrote on Twitter: "Arrived back to Pontins Brean Sands this afternoon, after a day out, to a major site panic. Sirens now, helecoptors circling. Hope everyone is OK! It makes the leaky toilet in our room rather insignificant."

Alarms were going off, screaming and the roof was all on the floor. They're all outside now not allowed to leave, people being sick, crying, screaming from people stuck apparently.

He later posted: "Word is, and hopefully it's accurate, no one seriously hurt. Serious amount of emergency services here. Staff very shaken and look like they could do with a hug or two."

A statement from the Avon and Somerset Police 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 have been informed."

The Sun Online has contacted the fire service for comment.

One person staying at the holiday park said he thought the main club house roof has collapsed, and he thought Pontins would ask people to go home.

And a woman told Bristol Live: "Pontins Brean Sands roof has just collapsed, kids trapped under it.

"Alarms were going off, screaming and the roof was all on the floor.

"They're all outside now not allowed to leave, people being sick, crying, screaming from people stuck apparently."





 

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