‘A miracle that nobody died’ after strong winds tore the roof of the building in Slough | UK news

Strong gusts have ripped a large part of the roof of a building in Slough amid dangerous winds that have hit many parts of the country.

The videos and photos captured on the scene show pedestrians trying to navigate around the large metal section on the ground, which is believed to have flown from a nearby residential and commercial building.

Thames Valley police said they did not believe anyone had been seriously injured, while a spokesman for the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue said they were not aware of anyone trapped under the rubble.

The spokesman added that it was still unclear if there was still someone inside the damaged building.

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

Since then, the police have closed Slough High Street and advised people to avoid the area.

The South Central Ambulance Service and a structural engineer are also on the scene.

Taxi driver Haris Baig, 30, described the moment he was driving on the road and saw the roof hit the floor in front of him.

He said: “At first I thought it was a scaffold, but then I realized that the entire roof had fallen. There was a lot of noise.

“I was about 15 meters away and I squeezed the brakes. I went out to see if they were all right.

“That was my first reaction, but at the same time I was thinking, is this even safe?”

Baig added: “It was a disaster. It was a miracle that no one was killed.”

In a brief statement, Paradigm Housing said it was “aware of an incident” that affected one of its properties in Slough.

He added: “We are on-site staff and we are working with emergency services and supporting residents.”

The incident occurs one day after the Brendan storm hit the United Kingdom, bringing winds of up to 90 mph and forcing delays and cancellations to numerous transportation services.

Weather warnings have remained in place after the storm on Tuesday, as another low-pressure front brought a new round of strong winds to much of England and Wales.

According to the Meteorological Office, there were gusts of more than 50 mph on the Slough area on Tuesday night.

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