Praise for bravery and compassion
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.