Busi­ness owner lost ev­ery­thing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”


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