Residents' horror at being left homeless after their house collapses due to building work next door

A family saw the side of their house completely disappear when building work on the home next door caused their walls to collapse.

Emergency services were initially called after part of the terraced property fell down in Claremont Road in Rugby, Warks., on Tuesday evening.

Neighbours spoke of hearing a noise "like a bomb going off" when the gable end of the house later completely caved in at around 2am on Wednesday morning, leaving two rooms fully exposed and debris all over the street.

The family saw part of their property collapse because of the building work next door (SWNS)

The family were away at the time and fortunately nobody was injured. They have been placed in a hotel while a new property is found.

Two of the children's bedrooms and the kitchen were destroyed as a result of the collapse and their possessions were left strewn across the road.

Residents said it 'sounded like a bomb going off' when the incident occurred in in the early hours of the morning (SWNS)Speaking of the moment the walls collapsed, neighbour Laura Evans, 33, said: "I just heard this almighty bang, like a bomb going off and could see dust rising into the air. It was pretty scary."

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and Warwickshire Police attended the scene to secure the area and put road closures in place.

Dust and rubble now litter the family's home (SWNS)Structural engineers have also attended to examine the property after Rugby Borough Council launched an investigation.

One family member, who did not wish to be named, said: "It was a shocking experience and no one is accepting liability.

"Our landlord is confused what is covered by his building insurance and the contractor doesn't want to accept liability."

A fundraising page has been launched for the family by a friend which has so far raised £320.

A spokesman for Rugby Borough Council said: "Officers from Warwick Building Control have launched an investigation into the cause of the collapse and have a site meeting with a structural engineer this morning to assess the property."

The family, who lives there with their children, were away at the time of the collapse (SWNS)Claremont Road in Rugby, Warks., is currently closed between Wells Street and Tom Brown Street.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire County Council said: "We can confirm that the only road closure currently in place is that of Claremont Road, between the junction of Wells Street and Tom Brown Street."

"At this time we are unable to confirm the length of the closure. We will however be liaising with building control officers until such time the property is deemed safe.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and Warwickshire Police attended the scene to secure the area and put road closures in place (SWNS)"In addition to the above, we are also arranging additional Traffic Management including heras fencing to improve the cordon around the collapse."

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police spokesperson confirmed they attended the scene but added: "We don't believe there was anything suspicious about the incident."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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