The emergency services have been overwhelmed by the response from the community and charity groups who have come to the scene of the explosion in Hinckley over the last two days offering hot drinks and refreshments.
Officers and staff from Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service have been working round the clock in freezing temperatures following the explosion at a supermarket on Hinckley Road in Leicester at 7pm on Sunday 25 February.
Painstaking work, conducted over the last 36 hours, have concluded that there are no survivors in the wreckage. The focus of the work is now a search for any other human remains over and above those already recovered from the scene. Officers investigating the cause of the explosion have today publicly named five people who are missing.
The Rapid Relief Team is a charity staffed by volunteers providing hot food and drink to emergency responders at the scenes of a major or critical incident. They arrived at 11 pm on Sunday night and worked in snowy conditions feeding officers at the scene until 7pm yesterday.
At 2am this morning The Midland Langar Seva Society (MLSS), which normally feed the homeless, arrived at the scene and served hot food and drinks to members of the emergency services throughout the early hours.
Local business have also come forward offering accommodation for those people who haven’t been able to return to their homes and local supermarkets and takeaways have been bringing supplies to officers – one family turned up with a homemade cake and another with a box of chocolates.
Superintendent Shane O’Neill said; “We are very humbled by the efforts of members of the local community to support our officers, fire and rescue staff and paramedics who have been working in freezing weather.
“Something hot to eat and drink can make all the difference when emergency responders are working in extreme and harrowing conditions and are cold and tired and can really help them keep their energy levels up.
“We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has been kind enough to give up their time to help.”