Houses collapse in London as police cordon off scene – dozens evacuated

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Two houses have collapsed in London, with emergency services at the scene and dozens of people evacuated.

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) were called to the scene in Durham Place, Chelsea, south London last night, November 2, at 11.34pm.

It is believed the two mid-terraced houses were being converted into one property.

An LFB spokeswoman confirmed 40 people were evacuated from surrounding buildings.

Police officers have been pictured setting up a cordon at the scene.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed in a statement: “Police were called at 23:25hrs on Monday, 2 November, to reports of a building collapsed in Durham Place, SW3.

“The occupants of neighbouring properties have been evacuated as a precaution.

“At this stage, there are no reported injuries and nobody is thought to have been inside the building.

“Emergency services remain at the scene.”

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Last month, two people died after a suspected gas explosion at a shop in west London.

The blast occurred in a hair salon and mobile phone shop on King Street, Southall, just after 6.30am on October 21.

Forty firefighters were scrambled to the scene, and residents were told to stay away.

Four adults and one child were rescued from the property, but two people were tragically found dead.

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London Fire Brigade Station Commander Paul Morgan said: “Our crews have searched the property using specialist equipment including the use of USAR [urban search and rescue] dogs. We can confirm that sadly two people have died at the scene.

“It has been a painstaking and protracted incident with firefighters working systematically to stabilise the building and search for people involved.”

He added: "The explosion caused substantial damage to the shop and structural damage throughout.

"In the initial stages firefighters rescued four adults, and one child was rescued at the rear of the property using a ladder. A further 14 adults and two children self-evacuated from surrounding properties.”

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