PORT Fairy’s Big 4 caravan park manager has declared the site open for business as usual ahead of the pumping tourism season, after a fire on Thursday night destroyed three cabins and damaged another.
Rohan Doherty said despite the devastating fire, the park would be able to accomodate all holiday-makers.
“We have managed to relocate everyone in the immediate future to other cabins,” he said.
“There will be a couple of families affected after Christmas, but the community and other accommodation people have been fantastic, ringing to say they can take people in.”
He said none of the facilities at the park were damaged.
“No programs will be interrupted," he said.
I walked out of my house and looked over my shoulder. The flames were above the rooftop.Rohan Doherty, Big 4 Port Fairy park manager
“We have a wonderful new bike pump track as well.”
Emergency services attended the Princes Highway park around 9pm.
Mr Doherty was snoozing on his couch, at his home around the corner from the park, when he got a call about the fire.
“I thought it would be relatively small, but I walked out of my house and looked over my shoulder. The flames were above the roof top,” he said.
“I ran down and people in the park had hoses, trying to extinguish it. At that stage I didn’t know what or who had caused it. I was more concerned with getting people out of the area.
“The firies and locals who are fire-brigade experienced were here and they got stuck straight in.”
He then saw the distressed carer of the 14-year-old girl who allegedly lit the fire in the cabin.
“She was distraught,” he said.
“I went over to her and she said the young girl had set fire to it. They apparently had a blue over sunglasses.
“She broke the carer’s sunglasses and went into the laundry, barricaded herself in. I was just really glad she didn’t barricade the carer in.
“As I understand, with absolutely no surety of truth, she didn’t want to come out until the flames and smoke really took hold.
“A couple of campers forced their way in and they dragged her out. By that stage the fire had taken hold. They are only wood cabins, so they burn pretty well.”