Hotels put up people forced out of homes during blaze
Managers ‘happy to help’ victims
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.”