Homes evacuated after building wall collapses in Wellingborough

The scene in Arthur Street. Pictures by FireSparkle Productions.
The scene in Arthur Street. Pictures by FireSparkle Productions.
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Homes in a Wellingborough street were evacuated last night (Sunday) after a building wall collapsed.

Four fire crews attended the incident at the former BB Auto Garage, next to Allens Motor Services’ old premises, in Arthur Street at about 10.30pm.

The scene in Arthur Street. Pictures by FireSparkle Productions.

The scene in Arthur Street. Pictures by FireSparkle Productions.

About 80 per cent of the side wall of a building which was being renovated had collapsed. The road was closed to traffic while the site was made safe.

Nobody was trapped inside or injured in the incident but “between 10 and 20” residents were told to leave their homes as a precaution due to the close proximity to gas and electric.

A police spokesman said: “We were called to a large commercial brick building where 80 per of the side wall at collapsed.

“There were no injuries and nobody was trapped but some nearby residents were moved.”

The scene in Arthur Street. Pictures by FireSparkle Productions.

The scene in Arthur Street. Pictures by FireSparkle Productions.

The spokesman added that a structural engineer is assessing the site today.