Two 18th century Chelsea houses collapse entirely ‘during basement conversion’

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Two houses have stood in Chelsea for 200 years have completely collapsed, reportedly during construction a mega-basement. Neighbours heard a huge bang as the properties crashed to the ground in the middle the night. This morning firefighters were on the scene with sniffer dogs searching to see if anybody was the rubble at the £6 property. Around 40 from nearby buildings have been evacuated, with images from the scene showing how the mid-terrace properties have completely fallen down.

A neighbour told MailOnline: ‘There was just a huge thud. I thought it was thunder but there was only the loud thud. It wasn’t until the morning on way to work I saw the building had collapsed. There were lots police and the was sealed off. ‘Workmen have been there for weeks excavating a basement. I don’t think anyone was in the property at the time but it is going to be very expensive to fix.’

London Fire Brigade Station Commander Jason Jones, who was at the scene, said: ‘There was a collapse the building from the roof to ground level. ‘Firefighters worked to make the scene safe and our drone team carried a search. ‘A police search dog also carried an external search the building and at this stage, there are no reports any injuries. Nobody is thought to have been inside the building at the time of the collapse. ‘Local closures will remain in place this morning.’


A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at 2325hrs 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 injuries and nobody is thought to have been inside the building. ‘Emergency services remain at the scene.’