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Extension of a house leads to the downfall of a neighbours home luckily no one was injured

February 28th, 2012

An extension taken out by a neighbour to his semi detached houses in Wolverhampton has caused an adjacent home to crumble.

The neighbours who had not foreseen such an event saw their house collapse into its foundation early morning after the neighboring property had made the ground unstable.

Eldern Noel 43 and his 13 year old daughter Christine living in the adjoining house which crumbled were shaken awake in the middle of the night after a rumbling sound.

Luckily there was no one in the house that had crumbled and no one was injured. It was being rented to some couple but no one had occupied the house in the past few weeks.

The structure is ready to topple at any moment with the front door almost ripped in half while one of the garage doors has come off its hinges and several windows lying shattered.

Firefighters evacuated the surrounding houses and isolated the gas supply to prevent an explosion.

But the families in the home with the new extension, and in the house adjoining the one that crumbled, face an uncertain future.

A neighbour from across the street knocked on the door of Mr Eldern and only then he knew that something serious had happened Mr Eldern said.
He said that he was waiting to know the damage if any caused to his home.

The family living in the house where the extension was being built at the front had fled.

The owner of the property, who did not want to be named, said that the work had been carried out by a ‘family friend’ who was not a qualified builder.

Steve Burson from City Council’s building control department said that they would assess the properties and most likely they would have to be demolished either in full or in part.

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