School prays for caretaker injured in explosion

Bucks Free Press: School prays for caretaker injured in explosion School prays for caretaker injured in explosion

A CARETAKER remains in a critical condition in hospital and may require re-constructive surgery after suffering severe burns in an explosion and fire at a school.

John Hampden Grammar School headteacher Stephen Nokes said everyone at the Handy Cross-based school was praying for 26-year-old caretaker Greg Fountain.

He was airlifted to hospital with severe burns to his head and upper body following the gas explosion at his home on the school premises at 2.05pm yesterday.

The blast, which was heard by residents in High Wycombe town centre and Downley, forced the closure of Marlow Hill while firefighters tackled the blaze.

No-one else was injured in the explosion and the school opened as usual today.

Mr Nokes said he was “very concerned” about the popular caretaker, who joined the school about four years ago. He may require re-constructive surgery for his injuries.

Mr Nokes said today: “Mr Fountain is still in hospital in a serious, critical condition and the next two-to-three days will be crucial as he may need re-constructive surgery.

“We are very concerned and sending our best wishes to him and his family - his father flew into the country yesterday to be with him.

“He is keen, gets on with his job and is well known and well liked around the school. We are all praying for him.”

Mr Nokes said a full investigation into the explosion has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive and Buckinghamshire County Council.

Assemblies for each year group were held this morning so teachers could discuss and support students through the terrifying experience.

Mr Nokes praised the school's community spirit and hailed the "shocked" pupils and staff members for the way they handled the ordeal.

He said: “They conducted themselves totally professionally throughout the emergency and I am very proud of the exemplary way the situation was handled.

“Their actions ensured that no-one else was harmed or put at risk at any stage, and staff and senior students showed the leadership qualities we have come to expect and, perhaps, sometimes take for granted.

“The school is operating well today, although we are very aware that each person had a different experience yesterday and we are addressing this as a whole school.

“We have held Assemblies for all year groups to discuss the situation. We have a very strong community and we are all supporting each other.

“I would just like to reiterate that our over-riding concern is for Mr Fountain and his family.”

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5:56pm Fri 5 Nov 10

mo-at-hw says...

I really hope Mr Fountain gets better soon. Such a nice guy, who is always willing to go out of his way to help anybody no matter what.
I really hope Mr Fountain gets better soon. Such a nice guy, who is always willing to go out of his way to help anybody no matter what. mo-at-hw
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8:38pm Fri 5 Nov 10

demoness says...

Poor man.

I hope he recovers soon and is not in too much pain. :(
Poor man. I hope he recovers soon and is not in too much pain. :( demoness
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9:47pm Fri 5 Nov 10

jacod says...

Dear Greg ,

i miss u loads and get well soon! and im going to miss locking up the school with you and you making me jump in the dark. xx
Dear Greg , i miss u loads and get well soon! and im going to miss locking up the school with you and you making me jump in the dark. xx jacod
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12:05am Sat 6 Nov 10

ferrellcat says...

A massive experience for the school its tutors and pupils.sometimes life rocks the bedrock we stand on. This is sudden and traumatic.The School ethic has come together brilliantly.You cannot ever imagine having to train for a mid week explosion in a building on school grounds.Well done to you all and best wishes to Mr Fountain
A massive experience for the school its tutors and pupils.sometimes life rocks the bedrock we stand on. This is sudden and traumatic.The School ethic has come together brilliantly.You cannot ever imagine having to train for a mid week explosion in a building on school grounds.Well done to you all and best wishes to Mr Fountain ferrellcat
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4:14pm Sat 6 Nov 10

BenjaminH58 says...

my son attends john hamden he is verry woried about the caretaker
my son attends john hamden he is verry woried about the caretaker BenjaminH58
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5:07pm Sun 7 Nov 10

deecee01 says...

BenjaminH58 wrote:
my son attends john hamden he is verry woried about the caretaker
* Hampden
* very
* worried
[quote][p][bold]BenjaminH58[/bold] wrote: my son attends john hamden he is verry woried about the caretaker[/p][/quote]* Hampden * very * worried deecee01
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7:12pm Sun 7 Nov 10

readerabc says...

our thoughts are with the caretaker
our thoughts are with the caretaker readerabc
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12:54pm Mon 8 Nov 10

kh_wycombe says...

deecee01 wrote:
BenjaminH58 wrote:
my son attends john hamden he is verry woried about the caretaker
* Hampden
* very
* worried
People never cease to amaze me on this site. We are taking about a man with 35% burns, and all you have to contribute to the article is the spelling errors of someone's comment.

... Get a life....seriously!
[quote][p][bold]deecee01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BenjaminH58[/bold] wrote: my son attends john hamden he is verry woried about the caretaker[/p][/quote]* Hampden * very * worried[/p][/quote]People never cease to amaze me on this site. We are taking about a man with 35% burns, and all you have to contribute to the article is the spelling errors of someone's comment. ... Get a life....seriously! kh_wycombe
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7:28pm Mon 8 Nov 10

wycswan says...

kh_wycombe wrote:
deecee01 wrote:
BenjaminH58 wrote: my son attends john hamden he is verry woried about the caretaker
* Hampden * very * worried
People never cease to amaze me on this site. We are taking about a man with 35% burns, and all you have to contribute to the article is the spelling errors of someone's comment. ... Get a life....seriously!
Thanks kh.
I was just about to write the same. Why do some people feel that this is the appropriate place to insult others? Do they have no compassion?
Benjamin.
I'm sure that your son is very worried as also are many others. Thanks for sharing that concern with others, I for one appreciate you posting your concern and so I'm sure do many others.
[quote][p][bold]kh_wycombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]deecee01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BenjaminH58[/bold] wrote: my son attends john hamden he is verry woried about the caretaker[/p][/quote]* Hampden * very * worried[/p][/quote]People never cease to amaze me on this site. We are taking about a man with 35% burns, and all you have to contribute to the article is the spelling errors of someone's comment. ... Get a life....seriously![/p][/quote]Thanks kh. I was just about to write the same. Why do some people feel that this is the appropriate place to insult others? Do they have no compassion? Benjamin. I'm sure that your son is very worried as also are many others. Thanks for sharing that concern with others, I for one appreciate you posting your concern and so I'm sure do many others. wycswan
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12:10am Fri 12 Nov 10

mo-at-hw says...

Guys, this always happens. Why do we need to argue, especially when we are talking about a man whos house has been destroyed, life has been destroyed and is not even certain to survive. Have some respect...
Guys, this always happens. Why do we need to argue, especially when we are talking about a man whos house has been destroyed, life has been destroyed and is not even certain to survive. Have some respect... mo-at-hw
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