OAPs evacuated from homes

PUBLISHED: 16:00 21 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 May 2010

TWO OAPs had to leave their house in their pyjamas in the dead of night when they were among 20 people evacuated following fears a nearby supermarket could explode.

TWO OAPs had to leave their house in their pyjamas in the dead of night when they were among 20 people evacuated following fears a nearby supermarket could explode.

When the fire broke out at Lidl in Worle on Monday, Barbara and Bob Jefferies were asked by police to leave their Thorn Close home.

Barbara, aged 72, says she was watching the rerun of Dancing On Ice when she heard a tap on her door at 2.30am.

Her husband, 81-year-old Bob, was sleeping but woke up suddenly when the knocking started for a second time.

Barbara said: "To start with I thought Bob had got up to go into the bathroom, but I checked and he was still asleep.

"Then I heard the door knocker going and someone said 'it's the police'.

"I said 'are you sure?' and opened the door with the chain on so I could check their identification.

"It was a policeman and he said we had to leave immediately as Lidl was on fire.

"We didn't even have chance to change and had to go in our nightwear.

"It has been a pain, but everyone has been wonderful and it could have been far worse."

The evacuation took place because gas mains were running under some Thorn Close properties and there were fears the supermarket could explode because six heating gas canisters were inside.

Council officers asked nearby Sainsbury's if it would open its café doors to some of the residents who had been evacuated and others went to friends and family.

At about 5.30am police officers escorted some people home to get a change of clothes and medication.

Bob added: "I haven't been evacuated since the war.

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