Ho­tels put up peo­ple forced out of homes dur­ing blaze

Man­agers ‘happy to help’ vic­tims

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A COM­MU­NITY has ral­lied round vil­lagers af­ter a fire on an industrial farm where flames reached three storeys high.

Neigh­bours were evac­u­ated to ho­tels around Bucks for the night as fire­fight­ers bat­tled a blaze at Agriser­vices LTD, in Chal­font St Giles.

At the peak of the fire, six fire en­gines, 35 fire­fight­ers, a turntable lad­der and a wa­ter tanker were be­ing used af­ter an ex­plo­sion in­volv­ing gas cylin­ders on Wed­nes­day, April 29.

The po­lice and fire ser­vice had to re­move neigh­bours in a 200 me­tre ra­dius af­ter fears that more cylin­ders would ex­plode.

The for­mer agri­cul­tural site, op­po­site Wind­mill Farm, in Bow­stridge Lane, was de­stroyed by the blaze.

BLAZE: (Above) Last week’s front page and (right) the af­ter­math of the fire

The owner of the busi­ness, Robert James, told the Ad­ver­tiser last week he had ‘lost ev­ery­thing’.

Peo­ple were sent to the White Hart Inn, in Chal­font St Giles, and the Crown Ho­tel, in Old Amer­sham, as a safety mea­sure in the evening.

Ac­cord­ing to Milena Pedilsa, su­per­vi­sor at the White Hart Inn, peo­ple started ar­riv­ing be­tween 11pm1 and 11.30pm with twotw po­lice of­fi­cers.

She said: “Some of th the peo­ple left an­i­mals an and pets at home.

“They said they missed th them.”

Peter St Lawrence, one of the di­rec­tors and ge gen­eral manager of the Cr Crown Ho­tel, said: “We ha had a cou­ple of what one wo would de­scribe as very lat late bookings.

“We got a late call say say­ing peo­ple had been ev evac­u­ated from their houses.

“They needed a place to stay and luck­ily we had a cou­ple of rooms so we booked them.”

Mr St Lawrence said their night porter had to ‘deal with it’ be­cause it ‘hap­pened very late’, at about two or three in the morn­ing.

He said: “We’re happy to help out.

“At least peo­ple had a place to get to and it wasn’t too far away.

“We were just happy to ac­com­mo­date peo­ple.”

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