Campground inferno


Frankton Motor Camp owners are at least $6000 out of pocket after this caravan blaze. 

No one was hurt when the caravan went up at 2.30am last Saturday. 

Frankton Motor Camp co-owner Tracey O’Rourke says she understands the occupant was at the pub at the time and lost all his possessions – “but he’s the sort of person who wouldn’t have had many, either.” 

She names the man as Willie Davidson, a Frankton local in his late 30s or early 40s who’s rented the caravan for two months. 

Davidson’s behind in his rent, O’Rourke alleges, and hasn’t been seen since the fire. 

O’Rourke and her husband Graeme owned the $6000 caravan – but they weren’t insured, she says. 

“So not only does [Davidson] owe us three weeks’ rent, he also owes us a caravan,” Tracey says. 

“And he’s the one who got [Victim Support] counselling and it’s us who’ve lost everything.” 

Mountain Scene was unable to track Davidson down. 

O’Rourke says a fire investigator told her the likely cause was a heater. 

Their caravans come with only fan heaters but a bar heater was found in the wreckage, she claims. The gas bottle visible in the photo was empty. 

O’Rourke says Davidson’s car is still there and she thinks it’s unregistered and unwarranted. 

“So we don’t know what we’re going to do with that either.” 

Queenstown police sergeant Linda Stevens says they’ve closed their file on the incident.