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‘It looks like a bomb has gone off’ - neighbours react to Collier Row house collapse

PUBLISHED: 18:43 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 18:43 04 March 2015

Collapsed house in Collier Row

Collapsed house in Collier Row

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Neighbours have spoken of their horror after a house under refurbishment collapsed, saying it looks like a “bomb has gone off”.

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Police were called just before 6.20am to Rodney Way in Collier Row, where the two-storey build had been reduced to rubble.

A 61-year-old neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “Me and my wife were woken up but we thought it was thunder. A little bit later we went outside and saw what happened. It’s shocking.”

The two floor, end of terrace property was under refurbishment when it completely collapsed.

Jo Wood, manager of nearby shop Tanning Rooms, said: “I can’t believe this has happened. I’ve never seen anything like this before. It looks like a bomb has gone off in there.”

Watch Manager Jason Frisby who was at the scene, said: “The house was under refurbishment and had been completely stripped out.

“Fortunately, it was unoccupied at the time it collapsed and no-one was injured.

“Had it collapsed when the builders working on the house were inside, they may not have been quite so lucky.

“The building fractured the incoming gas supply main when it came down, so eight people from neighbouring properties were evacuated and a temporary 50 metre exclusion zone has been put in place.

“As soon as the gas supply has been isolated, the exclusion zone will be lifted and residents will be able to return to their homes.”

Two houses were evacuated by police and fire crews and the road has been closed off.

Nobody is believed to have been hurt in the incident.


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