Praise for brav­ery and com­pas­sion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THE EMER­GENCY ser­vices have been hailed as he­roes in their ef­forts to evac­u­ate peo­ple to safety fol­low­ing the fire on the farm last Wed­nes­day.

The ex­plo­sion at Agriser­vices LTD, which was heard across Chal­font St Giles, is said to have been caused by gas bot­tles catch­ing fire and caused se­vere dam­age to power lines.

Simon and Brenda Cran­field-Thomp­son, of Lit­tle Stivers, said: “We have lived here for some 27 years and feel heart­bro­ken for those who may have lost their busi­nesses and liveli­hoods.

“We are ad­ja­cent to the premises where the fire oc­curred and can­not un­der-es­ti­mate the ster­ling work of the fire ser­vice and the po­lice who en en­sured that we and our p prop­erty re­mained safe.

“We are proud of our em emer­gency ser­vices who sh showed brav­ery and c com­pas­sion.

“Our thanks go to the White Hart at Three House­holds who pro­vided a refuge when we were evac­u­ated from our home,

DE­STROYED: The re­mains of burnt out cars at the farm at Lit­tle Stivers and the hos­pi­tal­ity in pro­vid­ing re­fresh­ments when we were with­out any be­long­ings, in­clud­ing cash to pay for the re­fresh­ments they hap­pily pro­vided.

“The po­lice worked so hard to iden­tify avail­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and ul­ti­mately it was the Crown Ho­tel in Old Amer­sham who opened their doors to us at 1.30am with a greatly re­duced room rate.”

Sta­tion Com­man­der De­nis Melia said: “The lo­cal com­mu­nity were ex­tremely un­der­stand­ing and co­op­er­a­tive.

“With their help we were able to en­sure that ev­ery­one was safe.

“It was a pro­tracted evac­u­a­tion and house­hold­ers ac­cepted the sit­u­a­tion with ex­treme good grace.”

A spokesman for South­ern Elec­tric Power Dis­tri­bu­tion said: “Our en­gi­neers at­tended the scene and re­moved the con­nect­ing over­head wires to the barn, which was dam­aged in the fire, iso­lat­ing the feed to the pole to en­sure no dam­age was caused to the net­work.

“We li­aised with the fire brigade and re­turned to the site once it was safe to do so.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause of the fire are still on­go­ing.

Pho­tos by Katie Lamb www.buyapho­totms.co.uk BE152853

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