Firefighters attend High Street after report of dangerous roof tiles

Firefighters were called out to deal with the incident in the district.

Firefighters were called out to deal with the incident in the district.

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Firefighters were called out to Harborough town centre this morning (Thursday) after loose roof tiles were spotted atop a Harborough business.

The tiles looked unsafe and could potentially have come crashing down onto people in the pavement below so the fire service was called.

Two fire crews from Harborough station attended High Street at about 11.25am. The specific businesses was not named but eyewitnesses reported seeing firefighters working on the Gilberts housewares shop.

A control room operator from Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service told the Mail there were ‘several’ loose tiles which were all removed.

The firefighters used a 13x5-metre ladder and their specialist working-at-height equipment.

They left the scene at 12.05pm.

A fire crew from Billesdon performed a similar operation in Skeffington at 3.15pm on Saturday after a report of dangerous-looking tiles on a roof in Main Street.

And the high winds last the weekend prompted a call-out to a Harborough fire crew in the early hours of Saturday after concerns were raised about an overhanging sign. The crew attended St Mary’s Road at 2.17am after someone reported a Pizza Express sign overhanging the pavement and road.

They removed the sign.

Story by Alex Blackwell

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