Twelve people evacuated from building following partial collapse

22 December 2012

Twelve people were evacuated from a property on Park View in Harrogate earlier today following the collapse of the gable end on the property – 22 December 2012.

A fire appliance from Harrogate and supporting officer attended to a report of a partial collapse to a block of terraced flats of four storeys in height.

On arrival, the crews confirmed a partial collapse to a gable end with the resultant rubble damaging the gas supply to the building.

Crews requested the attendance of the gas board, police and local authority structural engineers.

In addition to the former, fire control also requested the attendance of the local authority emergency planning officer and Red Cross volunteers FESS (fire & emergency support service) vehicle, for possible temporary accommodation for evacuated residents.

The twelve residents were evacuated from the premises, unharmed, and sought solace in a nearby hostelry.

After inspections by fire, structural engineers and gas board personnel, it was deemed that that all but the top floor residents could re-enter the premises, though the building’s gas supply is still isolated.

The cause of the collapse is believed to have occurred due to weathering.

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