Business owner lost everything
THE BUSINESS owner who’s livelihood was destroyed by the fire on the farm has been left devastated at the wreckage left behind.
According to neighbours the explosion was so large it caused flames three storeys high, power cuts and gas canisters to fly through the air.
Robert James, owner of Agriservices LTD, who operate from the site at Little Stivers, said: “I’ve lost everything.
“My whole workshop is gone.
“It was everything I had in the world. Thousands of pounds worth of equipment.
“You can’t put a price on it.”
Speaking about what caused the fire, Mr James said: “The paint shop next door caught alight.
“That’s what the
fire brigade think.”
He added: “Once the first gas bottle went off the fire brigade retreated to the end of the lane.
“I don’t blame them. They were very professional.
“I think the first on the scene were volunteers. They were very brave.”
Gill Goddard, who lives on Dibden Hill just around the corner from the site, was at home when the explosions happened and said it was heard “right across Chalfont St Peter”.
She said: “I was here when the explosion went off. “It put my power out.” She said: “One of the canisters flew up out of the site and landed in a field.”
She added: “I believe it was at one of the fields of Windmill Farm.”
She said: “I went to bed thinking it was all TV and suddenly it was real life.
“It was like a war zone. The first one was the big one then a lot of pops after.”
Amanda Beever, who also lives on Dibden Hill said: “There were a couple of explosions in the evening.”
She added: “They cordoned it from the top of the road down to us.
“It was strangely quiet after the explosion which was quite loud, and obviously there were all the sirens.
“When we drove out to it, it looks really weird because all the fences are still up.”
She added: “No one was hurt and the animals are all fine.
“There’s a lot of horses in that road. I’m glad no one was hurt.
“It was quite really.”