A fire destroyed several mobile homes at the Dune du Pilat camping site

On the evening of Thursday, April 15th, a fire destroyed six to eight caravans and damaged another five in Pella Camp, one of the establishments at the foot of the dunes, in Tests du Bou

The fire broke out late Thursday afternoon in a bungalow at Pyla Camping in La Teste-de-Buch. It is one of five establishments located at the foot of the Dune du Pilat, along the Route de Biscarrosse. The fire was impressive as smoke can be seen in the sky behind the dunes of Pilate from Cap Ferret.

The fire completely destroyed eight huts and damaged another seven.

The fire completely destroyed eight huts and damaged another seven. The fire also spread to the nearby forest and burned 500 square meters of vegetation. Thankfully, the firefighters quickly contained the blaze. A helicopter flew overhead to make sure the stoves were turned off. The level of alertness for forest fires is currently “seriously compromised” in Gironde.

Finally, there was no one at the camp site on Thursday, so there were no unfortunate casualties.

An investigation has been opened

On Friday morning, an officer from the judicial police and the technical and scientific police reached the results. The origin of the accident is not specified at this time and an investigation has been opened.

Pyla Camping has been owned since 2013 by two partners, footballer Girondin Mathieu Valbuena and former Pau rugby player St├ęphane Carella.

Pyla campground is one of five establishments located at the foot of the sand dunes of Pyla.

Image credit: Frank Pirogon Archives

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