Slough incident: Huge section of roof ripped off block of flats in High Street during strong winds

Katy Clifton, Bronwen Weatherby
Muhammed Faras Khan

A huge section of roof on a building in Slough High Street has reportedly been ripped off after strong winds battered the UK.

Footage taken in the High Street shows a large part of a roof in the middle of the road on Tuesday evening.

There are currently no injuries, according to the ambulance service.

Thames Valley Police are on the scene now, the road has been closed and specialists are attempting to make the scene safe.

The fire service said they are currently "not aware of anyone trapped" but are not "100% sure” if anyone was still in the damaged building, which is believed to be both residential and commercial.

Massive section of a roof has crashed into Slough high street (Muhammed Faras Khan)

A council spokesman urged people to avoid the area and said: "We are aware of the incident in Slough High Street and specialist officers are working with emergency services to ensure safety of debris and buildings and also clear the street."

Videos and images of the ongoing incident have been posted on shocked onlookers on social media. Some clips appear to show a van under the rubble.

While some people were captured walking around the decimated roof and calling for survivors.

Housing firm Paradigm Housing said the incident in Slough had affected one of its properties, although it is unclear whether the roof had come off its building.

In a statement on Twitter the firm said: “We are aware of an incident affecting one of our properties in Slough.

“We have staff on site and are working with the emergency services and supporting residents.

There are currently believed to be no injuries (Muhammed Faras Khan)

“If you need to contact us please ring 0300 303 1010 where you will be connected to our out of hours provider.”

It comes as Britons were warned of the second storm to hit the country in 24 hours.

Commuters were given prior notice of possible disruptions caused by 70mph winds and heavy rain.

Passengers travelling between Southampton, Bournemouth and Weymouth were warned over disruption, while there were also delays between Penzance and Exeter, and between London and Cambridge, Ely and Kings Lynn.

We are at Slough High Street with @TVP_Slough, @RBFRSofficial & @SloughCouncil. A roof from a block of flats has been blown across the road which is now closed. Fortunately, no injuries currently & final checks being undertaken to confirm no one under the debris @SCAS999RSO

— SCAS (@SCAS999)

January 14, 2020

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A spokesman for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said three fire engines were in attendance on Slough High Street after the roof came off “in the wind”.

The fire service said they were currently “not aware of anyone trapped” under the roof, which has blown into the high street.

“The roof has come off in the wind. The current situation is trying to make the scene safe,” the spokesman said.

Crews from Slough, Langley and Dee Road fire stations are at the scene.

He added they were not “100% sure” if anyone was still in the damaged building", which is believed to be both residential and commercial.

South Central Ambulance Service and Thames Valley Police are also in attendance, alongside a structural engineer from Slough Borough Council.

Thames Valley Police have also issued a statement saying they "do not believe that anyone has been seriously injured".

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