Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Lewisham £650K house collapses after it began to sag


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House collapse in Lewisham
Image captionThe roof collapsed after it began to sag
Part of a Victorian terraced house in London worth more than £650,000 has collapsed after it began to sag.
It caved in on itself 24 hours after police closed the road it was on due to concerns about the property.
The house was empty and being renovated having been sold six months ago after the previous owner died.
Merle Fraser, whose mother lived in the house for more than 60 years before it collapsed, said: "It is sad. I know she would be heart broken."
People living in the house next door were evacuated before the property came crashing down. No-one was hurt.
Surveyors from Lewisham Council have visited the site to see what immediate work needs to be done to make the road safe.
Close-up of the houseImage copyright@MPSLEWISHAMCNTL
Image captionThe road was closed before the house collapsed due to concerns over its structure
Collapsed houseImage copyright@MPSLEWISHAMCNTL
Image captionThe house was sold six months ago after the previous owner died
House damage is surveyed
Image captionCouncil surveyors have been on site to assess what work needs to be done so that the road can reopen
Bricks
Image captionA builder said each of these bricks being thrown away were worth £1.50

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