(fashion) A young family had a lucky escape after their terraced home collapsed in the middle of the night as builders carried out work on the land next door.
Neighbours were woken in the middle of the night as an entire wall came crumbling down, sending bricks, mortar and the family's belongings hurtling into the street.
Panicked residents called 999 at about 2am today amid fears that the family who lived in the house with young children may have been trapped inside.
It has since been revealed the family were not at home at the time, having left the property hours before after a smaller section had collapsed at about 3.45pm.
Two of the children's bedrooms and the kitchen were destroyed as a result of the collapse, while the roof also appeared to be completely wrecked.
A family friend revealed that the children had lost most of their possessions in the collapse, and all that they had left was their 'uniforms and school bags'.
A young family had a lucky escape after their terraced home collapsed in the middle of the night as builders carried out work on the house next door
Panicked residents called 999 at about 2am today amid fears that the family who lived in the house with young children may have been trapped inside
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A before and after comparison shows how the entire wall next to the neighbouring building works had collapsed overnight
Neighbours revealed building work was being carried out to convert the neighbouring house into flats before the rear portion of the property collapsed
A photograph from the home's first-floor balcony shows school certificates plastered on the walls amid reports that the children were at school when the initial collapse occurred
An aerial photograph taken this afternoon shows the level of destruction caused by the house collapse, which occurred early this morning
Neighbours revealed building work was being carried out to convert the neighbouring house into flats.
Resident Melissa Branch, 49, said: 'There was a lot of dust and I could see a lot of rubble from my back garden.
'The builders began working on this last Sunday. There was loads of noise and stuff going one. I don't know how well controlled it was.
'The residents have their whole life in there. They have lost their home. There was a smell of gas in the street as the boiler came off the wall. Its quite a hazardous area at the moment. Its lucky no one was hurt.
'I saw the tenants in the morning and they were looking at the damage. They looked really upset and devastated. Our neighbours are now without a home. Something has happened for this to occur.
'I was in America on 9/11 when the towers came down and you think about the amount of dust there. We had that much dust from that little bit of the house. You can only imagine.'
Another neighbour Terry Deery, 58, added: 'I came out of my house to go to the bank and saw people running across the road.
'I heard the crash and three builders came out. They were calling for another builder still in the house. One minute later he came out.
'The builders then were knocking on the neighbour's doors to see if anyone was in or in danger. Then 20 minutes later emergency services arrived.'
Martin Pitcher, director of Life Investments Estate Agents, which manages the property, said: 'The tenants have lived there comfortably for three or four years and the house has been standing for 130 years.
'We are working with the tenants who are very shocked at what has happened. Groundworks were being carried out on the property next door, which was being redeveloped privately. We have found the tenants new accommodation.'
Other neighbours described the noise like 'sounding as if a bomb had