Queen guitarist Brian May praised local firefighters in Surrey, England after their efforts helped save the musician’s home over the weekend.
In a message posted to Instagram, the 73 year old rocker wrote:
“I never imagined it could happen here in leafy, and normally damp, Surrey, England.
“We supported the fight against the immense fires in Australia, and watched sadly as fires ravaged California, but to see this happen in my own home county has been shocking and traumatic.”
“Today we were able to begin to thank the amazing firefighters who risked their lives to contain this huge and treacherous wild furnace on the heath land of Sunningdale Golf Course – which actually adjoins my property.
“Yesterday, I was rescuing as many precious things from my house as was practicable, under threat of the whole thing going up in flames, but praying that the horror would not happen. Today my prayers were answered.”
The BBC reports that the cause of the wildfire is not yet known.