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Roof rips off shop and lands in car park during Storm Eleanor

A roof was ripped off a shop in Birmingham as Storm Eleanor continues to batter the UK.

The 18-metre-long felting was blown off a Costcutter in Shard End in the early hours and landed in the car park.

No one was injured, even though staff were in the area at the time had been inside the store and a delivery van had just parked up outside.

They reported hearing a "huge bang" as it smashed to the ground outside.

Carol Bourne, a sales advisor at Costcutter, said:

There were two members of staff in the shop at the time and the roofing and part of the chimney blew down, narrowly missing a delivery van.

There was a huge bang as it hit the ground. The fire brigade were called and they cordoned off the area.

We are normally very busy at that time but we were unusually quiet this morning. Someone must have been watching over us today.

– Carol Bourne, Sales Advisor, Costcutter
No was injured, even though staff were inside the shop. Credit: ITV News Central

Part of neighbouring Seaway Fish Bar's roof was also torn off.

Firefighters were called after concerns there had been structural damage caused to the shop and the maisonette above.

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said:

We were called to the Heathway shops, in Shard End, at around 6.30am. The police called us to say the building was in a dangerous condition.

We sent one engine with five firefighters, who discovered roof felting approximately 18x8 metres had blown off the Costcutter.

It landed in the car park. The incident was caused by high winds but there is no structural damage to the building.

– Spokesman, West Midlands Ambulance Service
Staff say it was fortunate the shop was not busier when the roof fell. Credit: ITV News Central