|BLAZE HITS BUS FIRM
Flames ripped through the yard of Jeffs Coaches in Helmdon
in the early hours of Sunday January 13.
Eight coaches were destroyed in the blaze which began just
after 2am when a vigilant villager spotted the flames.
Fifteen fire fighters with appliances from Brackley and Towcester
attended the scene along with a water carrier from Daventry.
The eight coaches which were destroyed by the fire were two
new Iveco coaches, three Volvos, one Leyland and two Bedford
The coach firm provides a bus service to schools in South
Northants and this commitment was not disrupted by the fire
with thanks to the help of other local coach firms.
Julie Bosley, Sales and Marketing Manager at the Helmdon yard,
said: "In the early hours of Sunday morning about 2am, a woman
in the village spotted a fire and phoned the fire brigade,
she also rang here and phoned our duty manager Bill Grendall
who got here ten minutes after the fire service and moved
another six coaches.
As far we know the fire service and the police are not certain
about what happened.
"The noise must have been phenomenal, there must have been
in excess of fifty tyres exploding."
The company has had a lot of support from other coach companies
in the area and have been able to continue their service.
Julie Bosley added: "We have been able to fulfil our commitments,
we have a fleet of around eight coaches.
"The schools have not been affected at all. We are very lucky
with the support we have had from local coach companies -
we are overcoming it.
"It could have been a lot worse, we have had a lot of calls
from customers, we can give a 100 per cent service."
What started the fire is still unknown, but the fire service
have discovered which coach was the first in flames and are
investigating the cause.
Brackley Post - 18th Jan 2002