Fire damage to roads caused during this week’s riots should be relatively inexpensive, but fire damage to tram lines could cost thousands of pounds to repair, NCE has learned.
Vehicle fires set by rioters across the country since Saturday should only have caused superficial damage to the road surface, independent fire safety expert Fathi Tarada said.
“Just local resurfacing is normally adequate to resolve the problem. It doesn’t tend to burn too deep,” he said. “It can be resolved relatively cheaply.”
But he said fire damage to a tram line in Croydon could be much more expensive. Video footage suggests that the grease on the line caught fire, Tarada said.
If the fire spread to points on the tram junctions – which will have had the most grease on them, and are the most expensive parts to repair – the bill is likely to reach “many thousands of pounds”, he said. “[The fire] just carries on burning until the grease is dissipated.”