Family left homeless after their house collapses due to building work next door

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

A family was left homeless after building work on the house next door caused their walls to collapse.

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

Later that night at 2am the side of the house completely caved in, leaving two rooms fully exposed and making a sound “like a bomb going off”, according to neighbours.

The family saw part of their property collapse because of the building work next door (SWNS)
Residents said it 'sounded like a bomb going off' when the incident occurred in in the early hours of the morning (SWNS)
Dust and rubble now litter the family's home (SWNS)

The family were away at the time and fortunately nobody was injured. They have temporarily been forced to move into 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 the family’s possessions were left strewn across the road.

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."

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

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.

The family, who lives there with their children, were away at the time of the collapse (SWNS)
How the property looked before the side tumbled down (SWNS)

"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.”

Claremont Road in Rugby is currently closed between Wells Street and Tom Brown Street.

The inside of the house is now visible after the wall collapsed (SWNS)
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and Warwickshire Police attended the scene to secure the area and put road closures in place (SWNS)

A spokesperson for Warwickshire County Council said: “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.”

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

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