‘I have lost ev­ery­thing I had in the world’

Busi­ness owner tells of dev­as­ta­tion af­ter huge in­ferno ripped through industrial units caus­ing many peo­ple to be evac­u­ated

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Read Tom Her­bert’s spe­cial re­port

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS risked their lives to tackle a ma­jor blaze with ex­plod­ing gas can­is­ters.

Eye­wit­nesses de­scribed a sound ‘like an air­craft crash­ing’ as 35 fire­fight­ers bat­tled the flames at an un­dus­trial unit in Chal­font St Giles on Wed­nes­day night last week.

A 200-me­tre ex­clu­sion zone was set up and vil­lagers were evac­u­ated from amid the risk of fur­ther ex­plo­sions.

Robert James, the dev­as­tated owner of Agriser­vices Ltd, the busi­ness de­stroyed by the fire has spo­ken of his heartache, telling the Ad­ver­tiser: “I’ve lost ev­ery­thing.”

Those evac­u­ated spoke of it be­ing like scenes from a TV show.

Photo by Katie Lamb

DE­STROYED: The af­ter­math of the fire in Chal­font St Giles which wrecked Agriser­vices Ltd

BLAZE: Gas can­is­ters are be­lieved to be the cause of the fire

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