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House partially collapses leaving a young family homeless

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A house partially collapses leaving debris and possessions sprawled across a street.

Emergency services were called to Claremont Road in Rugby after reports of a two-storey extension on a terraced property had collapsed yesterday (10 September) afternoon.

Crews from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Warwickshire Police secured the area and a partial road closure was put in place.

A wooden and grey wardrobe with red and yellow suit cases on top can be seen teetering on the second floor.

Nearby residents confirmed that a young family with children live at the property but were luckily out at the time.

It is thought, the family has transferred to an emergency accommodation by Rugby Borough Council.

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Lisa Anslow, who lives opposite the affected property , said the area next to the affected property used to be a car garage.

She says building work had started in the last couple of weeks and her and others believed that flats are being built there.

Lisa didn’t hear the original fall of the house, but after 10pm last night she saw the side of the house collapse.

She describes how she saw a plume of dust fill the street, adding she is “concerned” for the residents who live the other side of the affected property, and thinks it could fall down at any moment.

Warwick Building Control have since launched an investigation into the cause of the collapse.

A Police Community Supporter at the scene has said their main priority is to stop any looters and to stop any of the possessions being taken.

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"Officers from Warwick Building Control arrived on site at a property in Claremont Road at around 7pm yesterday (Tuesday) after receiving a report a two-storey extension on a terraced property had collapsed.

“Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, and Warwickshire Police attended the scene. The area was secured and a partial road closure put in place “At 2am this morning, the gable end of the property collapsed. The property was empty throughout and nobody was injured.“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.”

– A Rugby Borough Council spokesperson said:

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