06 July 2012
The Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, has issued the following statement -
"I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all those involved in responding to the fire at the Gas Works. The response of the emergency services, and their efficient coordination of all the agencies which formed part of the operation, maintained the safety of the community during a worrying incident. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say how much we appreciate the leadership given by the police, fire service and all the emergency services.
"I would also like to thank the honorary officers who maintained the cordon and supported the police; the St Helier Constable and parish officials who welcomed residents to the Town Hall; the voluntary organisations, church and community groups who gave their time to make sure people were as comfortable as possible until they could return home; the hoteliers who offered beds to those in need of shelter and the many invididuals who offered spare rooms, food, children’s equipment and bedding.
"And I would like to express my appreciation for the States of Jersey staff who stayed at work late into the evening to make sure displaced residents were secure for the night.
"The emergency response confirmed for me how well the people of Jersey can work together as a community. I would also like to thank those people directly affected by the fire for their patience and understanding during what must have been a very worrying time."