Flame torn Slough bus station to be probed by council

THE structure of a landmark bus station that was torn apart by flames is to be probed by Slough Borough Council.

A smoke-filled, orange sky was seen in the early hours of a Saturday morning in the town as firefighters battled the blaze at Slough bus station.

Fortunately, no injuries or deaths were reported but severe damage to the £450m depot has been left behind, particularly on the canopy.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Thames Valley Police are investigating the cause of the fire and are considering all possibilities, including whether it was deliberate.

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A Slough Borough Council spokesperson said their structural engineers have been to the bus station on the weekend and today [Monday] to survey the damage and the health and safety aspects.

They added the local authority will “probably” be commissioning a full structural survey for safety reasons where a decision will be taken later on the repair work.

The spokesperson said: “The first thing we need to deal with is the safety aspect and then over time we will move on to what happens next.”

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Two building control officers are involved with the investigation, it is believed.

When asked if there was an estimate on how much the repairs will cost and the timeframe of the investigation, the spokesperson said it was too early to say.

They said: “The damage certainly looks dramatic and now it’s the case of finding out what the actual damage is.”

Anyone with information about the fire should contact 101 quoting reference 43220486319.

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