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Collapsed Burnley house ‘could have killed me’

Scene of the collapsed house on Herbert Street.

Scene of the collapsed house on Herbert Street.

A house which partially collapsed into the street last month has been made secure.

A steel support has now been put up around the mid-terraced house, in Herbert Street, and a structural engineer will assess how the building can be repaired.

The issue was raised at a meeting of Burnley Borough Council by a concerned resident who said people living near the site had complained to the authority in the days before the incident.

She said she regularly walks past the house with her dog and said she could have been killed by the collapse, which happened in the early hours of February 13th.

She said supporting walls in the property had been removed and said the house had been reported to the Health and Safety Executive.

Coun. Howard Baker, the council’s Executive member for housing and development, said: “It’s good to see somebody who cares. It’s a serious situation to happen. We visited the property on February 4th but the building inspector was unable to make contact with the owner. It’s not for the want of trying.

“On February 13th it did indeed collapse. Building control immediately visited the site to ensure that any risk to public safety was removed.

“The council has since made contact with the owner and they have secured the structure. Steel works have now been completed by the owner which will allow for further investigation by a structural engineer.”

 

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