Shock house wall collapse wrecks car in street

Residents in a Sunderland street were left shocked after part of a house collapsed.

The gable end of a home in Merle Terrace, at the junction with Enfield Street, collapsed last month.

Much of the brickwork from the top of the house fell onto a car which was parked in Enfield Street. Fortunately, no one was in the car at the time and no injuries were reported.

Two crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene as they aimed to make the building safe from further collapse. They were joined by a structural engineer, who was tasked with looking into the structural damage caused to the house.

A spokesman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “We received a call at 11.30am to attend an incident at Merle Terrace, at the junction with Enfield Street. On arrival our two appliances from Farringdon Community Fire Station found the gable end of the property had collapsed, destroying a vehicle that was parked outside. There were no reported casualties or injuries.”

“Our responders’ first job was to help make safe the property from further collapse and include a USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) trained officer who was going to conduct a more thorough search when the property had been safely secured. A structural engineer from Sunderland City Council was also in attendance to determine any further structural issues.”

Thousands of properties across the North East are at risk of wall tie failure and potential gable collapse if their wall ties have not been replaced. Over time, all wall ties corrode, and according to the Property Care Association, these wall ties could corrode within 20 years of construction. This means any properties built between 1900 and 1980 are at risk.

We recommend if you have an old property or can see any of the signs identified in our guide for identifying wall tile failure that you should get in touch with a brickwork specialist as soon as possible.

Call us on 0191 427 4677 or drop us a message for any advice or additional information, we’re happy to help!