‘Several people injured’ as ‘roof collapses at Pontins holiday park’

Shocking video footage today revealed children and their families screaming when a ceiling collapsed on guests at a Pontins holiday park.

Eighteen people were injured after part of the roof at the Brean Sands camp in Somerset fell on a dance floor where families had been enjoying the half-term show.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, where there were also adults playing bingo, shortly before 6.30pm last night.

Witness Andrew Haughton tweeted this photograph after the collapse at Pontins Brean Sands

Witness Andrew Haughton tweeted this photograph after the collapse at Pontins Brean Sands

Witness Andrew Haughton tweeted this photograph after the collapse at Pontins Brean Sands

The collapse happened at Pontins Brean Sands near Weston-super-Mare yesterday evening

The collapse happened at Pontins Brean Sands near Weston-super-Mare yesterday evening

The collapse happened at Pontins Brean Sands near Weston-super-Mare yesterday evening

One guest said 'a big long wall has collapsed from height with lots of lighting rigging and TV screens attached to it, falling onto guests'

One guest said 'a big long wall has collapsed from height with lots of lighting rigging and TV screens attached to it, falling onto guests'

The incident happened inside the 'Fun Factory' entertainment venue at Pontins on Wednesday night

The incident happened inside the 'Fun Factory' entertainment venue at Pontins on Wednesday night

Photographs on social media show the aftermath of the ceiling collapse in Somerset last night

Eighteen patients were treated and six were taken to hospital – however police confirmed that there were only minor injuries and no one was seriously hurt.

Witnesses described hearing screams as they ran to get out of the building.

Lisa Cook, 40, who was hit by part of the roof, 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.

‘My son had to move a table to help me, and he got dust in his eyes. The emergency services are here, and there was an air ambulance earlier.’

Pontins guest Michelle Lewis, 47, told Bristol Live: ‘It looked like a terror attack… They’re taking the injured into a separate building.’

Families involved in the incident speak to emergency officials at Pontins holiday park in Brean

Families involved in the incident speak to emergency officials at Pontins holiday park in Brean

Families involved in the incident speak to emergency officials at Pontins holiday park in Brean

Witnesses described hearing screams as they ran to get out of the building in Somerset

Witnesses described hearing screams as they ran to get out of the building in Somerset

Witnesses described hearing screams as they ran to get out of the building in Somerset

Eighteen patients were treated and six were taken to hospital following yesterday's incident

Eighteen patients were treated and six were taken to hospital following yesterday's incident

Eighteen patients were treated and six were taken to hospital following yesterday’s incident

Adrian Besley, who is staying at Pontins with his partner, said: ‘It looks like the main club house roof has collapsed. I think Pontins will probably ask people to go home but I don’t know yet.’

He added that there were several ambulances, police cars and fire engines.

Witness Thomas Gorman told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the incident happened inside the ‘Fun Factory’ entertainment venue.

‘A big long wall has collapsed from height with lots of lighting rigging and TV screens attached to it, falling onto guests,’ he said.

Laura Robinson wrote on Twitter: ‘My family and I have just witnessed the ceiling come down in the clubhouse across families!’

Ms Robinson told the BBC around 100 people had been inside the building at the time.

Witnesses told how there were several ambulances, police cars and fire engines at the scene

Witnesses told how there were several ambulances, police cars and fire engines at the scene

Witnesses told how there were several ambulances, police cars and fire engines at the scene

Emergency services rushed to the scene, where there were adults playing bingo, at 6.30pm

Emergency services rushed to the scene, where there were adults playing bingo, at 6.30pm

Emergency services rushed to the scene, where there were adults playing bingo, at 6.30pm

South Western Ambulance Service sent a hazardous area response team to the scene

South Western Ambulance Service sent a hazardous area response team to the scene

South Western Ambulance Service sent a hazardous area response team to the scene

Another witness said that the building was evacuated and an air ambulance was on the scene. They said: ‘I had to get my five children out. We have all been sent back to the chalets, I saw the ceiling come down.

‘Emergency services are on site, and we are waiting to hear any news. My main priority was get my five kids out. I know air ambulance has been out.’

Ex-new Zealand cricketer Iain O’Brien said that he had returned to the holiday park after a day out to find a major panic site.

He added: ‘Serious amount of emergency services here. Staff very shaken and look like they could do with a hug or two.’

Kelly Mansell was sat just yards from the scene. She said: ‘It happened right behind me. It looked to be about 25 metres in total.

My daughter saw it first as she was sat a bit closer. She was screaming. It all came down in one go, a whole long line of it. 

One tiwness said that the building was evacuated and an air ambulance was on the scene

One tiwness said that the building was evacuated and an air ambulance was on the scene

One tiwness said that the building was evacuated and an air ambulance was on the scene

South Western Ambulance Service said 18 patients were treated with six taken to hospital

South Western Ambulance Service said 18 patients were treated with six taken to hospital

South Western Ambulance Service said 18 patients were treated with six taken to hospital

Police confirmed that there were only minor injuries and no one was seriously hurt

Police confirmed that there were only minor injuries and no one was seriously hurt

Police confirmed that there were only minor injuries and no one was seriously hurt

‘People were helping the elderly out – it was chaos. I’ve got four-year-old twins and a ten-year-old, so I got them out as quickly as possible.’

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: ‘Shortly before 6.30pm emergency services were called to Brean Sands holiday park 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 South Western Ambulance Service said: ‘We sent six ambulances. Eighteen patients were treated with six taken to hospital.’

Pontins could not be reached for comment last night.

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