20-Year-Old Remains In Critical Care After Being Pulled From Burning ‘Glamping Pod’

Lydia Wadsworth
Lydia Wadsworth
Lydia Wadsworth

A 20-year-old girl was in hospital’s critical care unit today (tues) after being pulled from a blazing, £100-a-night ‘glaming pod’ which caught fire while she was inside.

Lydia Wadsworth suffered burns to her right arm and a ‘severely’ damaged respiratory system following the blaze.

She had been ‘glamping’ with her boyfriend Rob McDonnell, 24, at Lady Heyes Caravan and Camping Site in Frodsham, Ches., when they became trapped.

The pair were rescued by members of the public before fire crews arrived at the scene on Saturday (23 Sept) to put out the fire, which is believed to have started accidentally.

Lydia, a former Cansfield High School pupil, from Wigan, Gtr Mancs., was rushed to Whiston Hospital in Prescot, Mersey., where she remains in critical care.

Rob McDonnell and Lydia Wadsworth.
Rob McDonnell and Lydia Wadsworth.

The male was also taken to hospital with smoke inhalation and his condition remains unknown.

A message on Lydia’s behalf was posted by family on her Facebook page.

It read: “Just to let you all know Lydia is currently be nursed in Critical Care at Whiston Hospital following being trapped in a fire in a Glamping Pod.

“She can’t speak as she has a ventilation pipe which blocks her voice box, however she has written to ask if we’d write a message to her friends and family thanking them for their kind wishes at such a difficult time.

“She has 7% burns to her right arm and severe damage to her respiratory system but is making positive progress which is what we are trying to focus on.

“The nursing team here are outstanding and we cannot praise them enough for their efforts since she’s been admitted.

“Thanks again for all your well wishes, both ourselves and Lydia really appreciate them. Love Lydia and family xXx

Hundreds of messages of support have poured in for the ‘beautiful girl’ as she recovers in hospital with family and friends by her side.

Leila Gibbons wrote: “I couldn’t be prouder of how strong you have been so far, with you every single step of the way all of you. PS you looked as beautiful as ever today, I love you forever my bestie

Lydia Wadsworth.
Lydia Wadsworth.

Rosie Mae added: “OMG Lydia I’m so shocked an saddened to here this. Thinking of you and praying you make a speedy recovery. All my love xxxxxx

Lauren Brierley wrote: “Lydia, you sure know how to give us all a fright.

“So worried about you, but so, so glad to hear you’re making progress. Love you so, so much. You show ’em how it’s done, girl.

“What a strong, unbelievable brave lady you are. God speed, doll. God speed xxxxxxxxxx

A spokesperson for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service wrote: “Fire crews were called to a fire in a camping pod at the Lady Heyes Caravan and Camping Site on Kingsley Road, Kingsley.

“Firefighters, two wearing breathing apparatus, used a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

“Two people who were inside the pod were rescued by members of the public prior to the arrival of the fire crews.

“One male, suffering from smoke inhalation, and one female, suffering from burns, were taken to hospital by paramedics.

“Crews were at the scene for one hour and 50 minutes.

“The cause of the fire is currently under investigation but it is believed to have been started accidentally.”

The pods are furnished to the highest standards and include full linen, furniture, flat screen televisions with DVD player, private picnic and barbeque areas, and hot tubs, according to the Lady Heyes Caravan and Camping Site website.

Speaking outside her house today (Tues), Rob McDonnell’s mother Louise, 48, said: “He is in a bad way and is still sedated in hospital.

“I’m sure the two of them will be fine, they are young and will get through it.”

Louise said her son and his girlfriend, Lydia Wadsworth, had gone on a weekend getaway when they became trapped inside the burning glamping pod.

Lady Heyes Touring Caravan Park has been contacted for comment.


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