Thirteen people rescued after roofs collapse in Notting Hill as neighbours tell of sound like ‘bomb going off’

The scene in Chesterton Road on Monday morning (ES)

The scene in Chesterton Road on Monday morning (ES)

firefighters rescued 13 people who got stuck in their Notting Hill houses when the roofs collapsed.

Photos showed debris on the sidewalk and cars outside the two mid-terrace houses in Chesterton Road Monday morning after the collapse just before 10pm on Sunday night.

Neighbors described hearing a sound “like a bomb” going off and flooding the street with dust and debris.

Police roadblocks were still in place this morning as the damage was repaired and construction workers inspected the terraced houses, which had been converted into four flats.

Marissa Lijertwood, who lives next door, said: “I’ve included my neighbors. They are absolutely traumatized. The little boy was in bed when it happened.

“They haven’t been able to go in to get clothes or their work laptops or phones. It’s terrible.

“The street was overrun with police and fire trucks. If it had happened Saturday night after football, there would have been bodies because there were so many people on the streets. It’s amazing that no one was killed.”

Thirteen people rescued by firefighters (ES)

Thirteen people rescued by firefighters (ES)

Another neighbor said: “It was like a huge explosion, like a bomb had fallen. The whole road was covered in dust and everyone just ran out of their houses. It was absolutely shocking.”

Residents said scaffolding had been placed on the roofs of damaged houses that collapsed several weeks ago, but work has yet to begin.

Dominic Compton Jones, who was in a flat across the road, said: “It was like a bomb going off, you couldn’t see through the dust for about three minutes. These are old houses, about 150 years old, they need maintenance.”

Rescue workers include a 10-year-old boy and a 70-year-old woman.

Firefighter Brett Loft said four engines from Kensington, Paddington and Battersea fire stations, three rescue units from Edmonton, Croydon and Heston and a number of support vehicles were on the scene.

He added: “Four properties were affected by the collapse.

“The rubble had collapsed onto the front steps of the properties, trapping people inside.

“Firefighters led 13 people from different flats in the building to safety using ladders to bridge the gap over the steps. Fortunately no one was injured.”

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