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Man escapes as building collapses in high winds - photos/video

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A building collapsed damaging nearby cars in Chatteris in the early hours of Saturday (15 February) as high winds caused problems across the region.

Residents in East Park Street in Chatteris were woken at around 2am this morning as an empty shop collapsed scattering bricks and debris over nearby cars and leaving one vehicle seriously damaged.

One resident said they believed an Eastern European man who had been sleeping in the building was lucky to escape unhurt.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and firefighters from Sutton and Chatteris arrived at 2.14am and started a search of the rubble.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said: “Firefighters arrived to find a brick building measuring approximately 5m by 10m had collapsed on to a car.

“All persons were accounted for and there were no injuries. Firefighters made the area safe, including a chimney which had collapsed onto the property.”

“Crews removed debris and rubble from the scene and made the chimney safe.”

The incident was one of dozens in the Cambridgeshire area caused by high winds mainly involving damaged trees and power lines.

A fire service spokesman said: “It has been a busy night overnight with fallen trees and arcing cables caused among other things.”

Fire crews and an emergency team from UK Power Networks were called to March Road, Friday Bridge at 1am after a falling tree next to an old folks home fell into a garden and damaged power cables.

Fire crews cordoned off the area while the cables were made safe.

The Imperial War Museum in Duxford has been closed until further notice as the airspace hangar had been damaged.

 

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