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5 April 2013, 14:16
A Riding School family in Great Brickhill have survived a large fire which has destroyed their home.
Fire crews from across Buckinghamshire were called to Galley Lane in Great Brickhill at 822pm yesterday (Thursday 4th April) to find a fire which had started in the roof-space of a two-storey house at the end of a country lane.
Royal Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue have told Heart it started in the converted roof space by accident - and destroyed most of the first floor and a great deal of the ground floor was affected by smoke and fire damange.
Fire crews were called in from Bletchley, Great Holm, Broughton, Buckingham, Waddesdon, Stokenchurch and the Command & Control unit from Aylesbury.
The British Red Cross Fire and Emergency support crew, based in Bletchley, were also sent to help the family.
Crews managed to finally put out the fire around 3 hours later - with more crews on site to make sure the house was safe enough for the family to collect their belongings during the day today (Friday).
The family run the Ride High horse riding school and the was concern last night that smoke from the fire, and the blaze itself, would affect the horses at the stables nearby.
Family members have told Heart they had a very lucky escape from the house when they realised just how serious the fire was and all four people inside at the time managed to get out unscathed.
We're told the horses are also all accounted for and are safe - the riding school reopened for business this morning with family and friends helping the owners move their belongings out of the property.
8 year-old granddaughter Keira with a prized photo-frame possession, salvaged from the family home.