Fire crews swift action helped save lives
THE Firefighters that beat back the explosive blaze in Chalfont St Giles have been anonymously nominated for the 999 Services Personnel award.
Six fire engines, a water tank and 35 firefighters from seven stations tackled the ferocious fire and averted potential disaster.
Crews from Beconsfield and Amersham, Slough, High Wycombe, Rickmansworth, Gerrards
999 services personnel – sponsored by GE Healthcare Cross and Princes Risborough raced to the estate at Little Strivers on Wednesday, April 29, after oxyacetylene cylinders and containers in industrial units at Bowstridge Lane exploded.
Neighbours were forced to evacuate and firefighters had to withdraw for safety reasons after it was reported gas cyclinders were on site. Several of the cylinders exploded and one of the explosions was so violent it brought down a power line.
A spokesman from the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue Service said: “We are flattered to have been nominated for this award. Crews made a valiant attempt to save property and reduce damage in the early stages, and swift action had to be taken to avoid the risk of serious injury, or worse, to those dealing with the incident and people living nearby.”
He added: “However, we mustn’t take all the credit. We would like to thank Thames Valley Police for their excellent assistance, and local residents for their fantastic cooperation.”
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