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House collapses onto car during Storm Hector

The parked car was badly damaged as bricks crashed on to the road Credit: North News

A car was left smashed after part of a house collapsed during strong winds earlier this week.

The gable end of the home in Merle Terrace, at the junction with Enfield Street, in Sunderland, crumbled on Thursday 14 June.

The parked car was badly damaged as bricks crashed on to the road as Storm Hector battered the region.

Two fire engines from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene to make the building safe from further collapse.

A spokesperson for the service said:

Sadly this is not unusual when we have a storm like this.

We should be thankful it was just wind and not wind and rain as well.

It's got to wear down even the best built properties. Older properties are more susceptible to this damage."

– Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

The fire service received a call at 11.30am on Thursday morning to attend the incident.

The spokesperson said:

On arrival our two appliances from Farringdon Community Fire Station found the gable end of the property had collapsed, destroying a vehicle that was parked outside.

Our responders' first job was to help make safe the property from further collapse and include a USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) trained officer who was going to conduct a more thorough search when the property had been safely secured.

A structural engineer from Sunderland City Council was also in attendance to determine any further structural issues."

– Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

There were no reported casualties or injuries following the incident.

Storm Hector wreaked havoc across the country with winds of up to 70mph.

The gale force wind caused fallen trees, sand storms, power cuts and travel disruption.