Building collapses in South Woodford

PUBLISHED: 10:40 10 September 2020 | UPDATED: 17:58 10 September 2020

Emergency services are on the scene of a collapsed building in South Woodford. Picture: Paul Wood

Emergency services are on the scene of a collapsed building in South Woodford. Picture: Paul Wood


A building in South Woodford collapsed but there were no reports of any injuries.

There are no reports of any injuries. Picture: Paul WoodThere are no reports of any injuries. Picture: Paul Wood

The roof of a shop in George Lane with flats above, which was under renovation, collapsed onto the first floor of the building after 9am today (Thursday, September 10).

Two people left the building before the London Fire Brigade (LFB) arrived and firefighters evacuated 11 people from the surrounding buildings as a precaution.

There were no reports of any injuries but one woman was treated by London Ambulance Service crews for shock.

A drone and a police search dog were used to check that there were no people inside the collapsed building.

The Wing Ho restaurant, which is permanently closed, is on the ground floor of the building.

LFB Station Commander Shaun Fox, who is at the scene, said: “The roof of the building has collapsed into the first floor.

“Our Urban Search and Rescue crews are on scene and a 25m cordon has been put in place as a precaution.

“A police search dog has carried out an external search of the building and we are satisfied that there are no people in the building.”

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ”Police were called at approximately 09:22hrs on Thursday, August 10 to reports of a building collapse in South Woodford, Redbridge.

“Officers and London Ambulance Service are at the scene.

“The roof of a two storey building has collapsed and is not safe to approach.

“Buildings either side of collapsed building have been evacuated.”

A spokesperson for the LFB said: “The Brigade was called at 0925 and the incident was over for firefighters by 1206. Three fire engines from Woodford, Leytonstone and Walthamstow fire stations and three fire rescue units attended the scene.

Road closures are in place between Chigwell Road and the Viaduct whilst crews work to make the scene safe.

Enquiries continue.

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