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Nuriootpa woman killed in caravan fire

Nuriootpa woman killed in caravan fire

Mrs Shirley Sachse, aged 84 years, died after a fire at the Nuriootpa Caravan and Tourist Park last Friday morning.

At one a.m. police and C.F.S. were called to the Nuriootpa Park after reports that a cabin was on fire.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze, which destroyed the converted caravan.

Mr John Mylchreest, manager of the Nuriootpa Caravan and Tourist Park who lives on the site, told The Leader he was awoken on the morning to sounds of sirens and shortly afterwards noticed the C.F.S. trucks coming through the Park’s boom gates just after 1 a.m.

He described Mrs Sachse as a long term resident who had lived at the park for 16 years but believed she was quite deaf so she may not have heard the warning sign of a smoke alarm had it gone off.

Mr Mylchreest commended the action of bystanders and park guests who rushed to the scene and tried to extinguish the fire before C.F.S. arrived. Their efforts in hosing down two gas bottles used by the guest, certainly assisted in preventing them exploding and creating a larger fire.

Mr Kevin Bretag, of Mannum told The Leader he arrived at Nuriootpa Caravan and Tourist Park Thursday evening as part of a 20 strong Adelaide Caravan Club contingent currently staying at the Park for the week-end.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.