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UPDATE: Fire at Slough Heat and Power station started in 'conveyor belt'

Fire breaks out on Slough Trading Estate

Credit : Kathryn Blundell

Update Thursday, August 29, 11:10

The following statement has just come in from SSE, which owns the power plant.

"At around 17.30 yesterday evening (28 August), a fire broke out at SSE’s Combined Heat and Power plant on the Slough Trading Estate, part of which is undergoing demolition works.

"The emergency services attended the site and the fire was extinguished with all staff safely accounted for. SSE will investigate the cause of the fire with its principal contractor, Keltbray."

Update Thursday, August 29, 10:01

A spokesman from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "At 5.22pm on Wednesday, August 28, we received reports of a fire at the Slough power station on Slough Trading Estate, Edinburgh Avenue.

"Two crews from Slough, and one from Langley, Maidenhead, Windsor, Crowthorne, the aerial ladder platform from Whitley Wood, and the incident command unit from Maidenhead were sent to the scene, alongside two officers.

"Upon arrival, crews found a fire of approximately 30x20m well alight in an industrial building. Currently, one fire engine remains on the scene as this incident is ongoing."

Update Thursday, August 29, 09:23:

Multiple fire crews tackled the blaze at Slough Heat and Power station last night - with one team still there to watch over the site this morning.

They were called to the fire in Edinburgh Avenue at about 5:45pm, after it had started in an 'external conveyor belt chute'.

Two crews from Slough and one each from Langley and Maidenhead helped extinguish the blaze, which firefighters described as 'a difficult one to extinguish'.

Crews scaled the fire down to one appliance at about 10pm.

The fire occured in part of the power station that is being decommissioned, meaning there was no activity there at the time. No people were injured. 

Drivers on the the nearby M4 reported that they could see the blaze from the motorway, but crews added the blaze was more tall than large in area - having started in a five-storey chute, which caused the flames to increase in height.

Wednesday, August 28

A fire has broken out at the Slough Trading Estate tonight (Wednesday).

Reports and videos on Twitter show the blaze at the top of a building near the Edinburgh Avenue Trade Park sign.

It is not yet clear exactly where the fire has occured.

Slough Trading Estate said it was aware of a fire on site and tweeted to say that fire fighters were on the scene. 

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been contacted for more information.

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