Lucky escape for elderly couple after roof of their Portsmouth home collapses

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AN elderly couple had a lucky escape after the roof collapsed on their home.

The dramatic event unfolded at around 5.30am this morning.

INCIDENT The emergency services deal with a collapsed roof on property in Queens Road, North End.

INCIDENT The emergency services deal with a collapsed roof on property in Queens Road, North End.

The occupants, an 86-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman, were in bed when the fire wall connecting their Queens Road home’s roof and attic gave way.

They were not hurt in the incident and are seeking refuge at a neighbouring house.

A fire crew from Southsea is currently at the scene making the building safe.

A section of the road in the vicinity of the collapse, opposite the British Queen pub, is currently closed.

DAMAGE Part of the roof which collapsed at property in Queens Road, North End.

DAMAGE Part of the roof which collapsed at property in Queens Road, North End.

Charlie Harris, station manager at Southsea fire station, said: ‘When we got here the fire wall in the extension at the rear of the property was giving way, causing the roof to collapse.

‘It appears the wall just gave up.

‘As for the real cause of the collapse, that will be down to the structural engineer to decide.

‘The occupants are fine and with a neighbour for their safety.’

The collapse has damaged part of the neighbouring house.

Justin Woodward, who lives nearby in Queens Road, said he checked to see what had happened after hearing fire engines outside. He said: ‘You don’t expect part of a house to fall down.

‘It really makes a change from your usual Monday morning.’