Roof falls in on Dalston

Making it safe(r): mind the gap


Residents had a lucky escape when the roof of a Dalston terrace house collapsed. They were out of the building when the roof fell in on the Victorian terrace. Fire engines attended and quickly established that no one was hurt.

Police cordoned off a section of the street, Montagu Road, London E8, and nearby Cecilia Road.
The collapse occurred on the afternoon of Sat 23 April 2011. It was heard by a neighbour, who thought it was the sound of thunder. The emergency services did not attend until today 26 April, when the owner returned to find his house roofless.
One theory is that the roof collapsed because of the weight of clay tiles, which had replaced the lighter slate tiles fitted to the house when it was built in the 1870s.
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