MORE THAN 50 firefighters rushed to the scene of a blaze at a bus depot in Woodley this morning.

Crews for the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the warehouse on headley Road East, Woodley, at around 2am this morning (05/3), after reports of a fire were made at the scene. 

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A spokesman for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "At 1:50am on Friday, 5 March, we received reports of a fire at a warehouse on Headley Road East, Woodley.

"In total, more than 50 firefighters were sent to the incident, along with specialist equipment, such as the Aerial Ladder Platform from Whitley Wood Fire Station and the Incident Command Unit from Maidenhead Fire Station.

"Fortunately no injuries were sustained.

Reading Chronicle:

"Crews on scene were met with heavy smoke logging from the building and on entering the warehouse discovered a large coach within a two-storey warehouse involved in fire.

"The fire had also broken through the roof of the warehouse.

"Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus successfully extinguished the fire using two jets, preventing further fire spread to several other coaches within the warehouse and the adjoining offices and workshop areas.

"Crews continued to monitor the building structure using thermal imaging equipment and deployed the Aerial Ladder Platform to monitor the roof area."

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Mortimer Fire and Rescue posted this tweet following the incident: 


Paul Thomas, Group Manager, said: “Our crews worked excellently alongside our blue light partners – Thames Valley Police and South Central Ambulance Service - from the very start of the incident.

"Upon arrival, officers assessed the potential risks well and the quick actions of crews entering the warehouse undoubtedly prevented the fire from spreading to other nearby vehicles.”