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Part of house collapses in York
6:11pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
PART of a house roof has collapsed in York today, sending stone slabs crashing to the ground.
Coping stones fell from a gable-end in Monarch Way at around 4pm and crashed on to the door-step and street below.
Contractors are on the scene now, working to make the building safe.
Charlene Parker, who lives in the house with her 15-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, said a neighbour had spotted a loose stone in the gable end and called City of York Council, who manage the property on behalf of Tees Valley Housing.
She said council workers arrived in a cherry-picker to work on the roof, but said: "Ten minutes later I heard an almight thud and a bang."
She went outside and saw several stone slabs lying on the ground, including one on her doorstep.
Peter Golding, who lives nearby, said: "I heard a rumbling and I looked up and saw a stone had shifted about a foot and a half.
"I rang the council and they came straight away. A man was up on the roof trying to make it safe then a lot of coping stones came off. I was inside and heard the rumbling and the crash as slabs hit the pavement. I ran outside and the man was okay. He said he was shaken up and he came straight back off the roof."
A council spokeswoman said they had now made the building safe and said the council had responded quickly when first alerted to the incident.