Front of Burnley terraced house collapses

Lancashire Telegraph: Front of Burnley terraced house caves in Front of Burnley terraced house caves in

RESIDENTS on a Burnley street awoke yesterday morning to find a gaping hole in the front of a terraced house.

Emergency services had to cordon off part of Herbert Street after the exterior wall of the mid-terraced property collapsed in the early hours.

Police cordoned off the road up to St Matthew’s Street.

Building work was being carried out on the unoccupied house, number 39, before it collapsed.

The fire service’s specialist Urban Search and Rescue Team, from Chorley, were also called in. Fire crews erected a fence outside the building as extensive repairs will need to be carried before it can be made safe.

One of the adjacent properties was empty, but the other was evacuated as a precaution, amid fears that neighbouring houses could be unsafe.

National Grid gas engineers were also sent to the site to check that no damage had been caused to underground pipes.

Tests were carried out in the area, and the gas supply to the collapsed house was cut off.

The owner was not as the scene and attempts were being made yesterday to trace the householder, who is believed to live in Manchester.

James Rhodes, 47, who rents the property next door, had to be moved to temporary accommodation.

James had lived in the house with his two cats, Texas and Stitch, who were rescued by the fire brigade.

Careworker James said: “At 4.30am I heard a loud bang. I came out this morning to go to work and moved half the rubble myself, it was all over my car.

“I set off to go to work, I got into work and and thought I’d better go home or I might not have a house left.

“I’m upset. For the time being now I’ve been condemned, which I’m not happy about at all.

“If all that had caved in it would have taken me with it.

“I don’t know where I’m going to stay but something will turn up.”

Denise Odgers, station manager for Pendle Rural Fire Station, said: “The call came in from a neighbour who came out and saw the building rubble on his dashboard.

“We immediately cordoned off the area and checked the properties either side and evacuated one of the adjacent properties.

“A decision was made to go for permanent fencing.

“The properties at number 41 and 37 are not structurally sound. We don’t want to put anybody in a risky position.”

A Burnley Council spokesman said: “Building control officials have been out to the site. It appears that the collapse is related to work being carried out at the property, rather than weather related.

“We’ve made the area as safe as we can do.

"The road is fenced off, the road is closed, the pavement on the opposite side is open to pedestrians.

“We’ve made the area safe as we fear there may be further collapse.

“We’re trying to contact the owner, to let him know that his house has fallen down, and also because it is his reponsibility to make it right.

“We will keep monitoring it, but the main drive now is to try to find the owner.”

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7:04am Fri 14 Feb 14

Vanguard says...

Please send the reporter who wrote this article on a crash course on English. Many sentences don’t make sense and when you start with speech marks you are supposed to close them. Please reporter explain yourself.
Please send the reporter who wrote this article on a crash course on English. Many sentences don’t make sense and when you start with speech marks you are supposed to close them. Please reporter explain yourself. Vanguard

7:48am Fri 14 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

Sounds like another buy to let. Buy a house cheap using a mortgage, do a bit of slapdash maintenance and rent it out to pay for your retirement.

Time these landlords were brought under control, some of them couldn't care less about their tenant's lives.
Sounds like another buy to let. Buy a house cheap using a mortgage, do a bit of slapdash maintenance and rent it out to pay for your retirement. Time these landlords were brought under control, some of them couldn't care less about their tenant's lives. DaveBurnley

11:21am Fri 14 Feb 14

soup123 says...

James said, “I’m upset. For the time being now I’ve been condemned, which I’m not happy about at all. If all that had caved in it would have taken me with it."

And I'm guessing that if it took you with it you wouldn't be happy about that either.
James said, “I’m upset. For the time being now I’ve been condemned, which I’m not happy about at all. If all that had caved in it would have taken me with it." And I'm guessing that if it took you with it you wouldn't be happy about that either. soup123

3:56pm Fri 14 Feb 14

LTHannah says...

Hi Vanguard,

Thanks for getting in touch, I wrote the story. Actually, when the same person is speaking you put new open quotation marks at the start of each sentence, and don't close them until the person has finished speaking. You'll find it done this way every newspaper. Hope this clears things up!
Hi Vanguard, Thanks for getting in touch, I wrote the story. Actually, when the same person is speaking you put new open quotation marks at the start of each sentence, and don't close them until the person has finished speaking. You'll find it done this way every newspaper. Hope this clears things up! LTHannah

3:57pm Fri 14 Feb 14

LTHannah says...

Hi Vanguard,

Thanks for getting in touch, I wrote the story. Actually, when the same person is speaking you put new open quotation marks at the start of each sentence, and don't close them until the person has finished speaking. You'll find it done this way in every newspaper. Hope this clears things up!
Hi Vanguard, Thanks for getting in touch, I wrote the story. Actually, when the same person is speaking you put new open quotation marks at the start of each sentence, and don't close them until the person has finished speaking. You'll find it done this way in every newspaper. Hope this clears things up! LTHannah

4:58pm Fri 14 Feb 14

leyton says...

You'll find it done this way every newspaper. Hope this clears things up!
Just a thought ??shouldn't it be 'with every newspaper'? or maybe the original poster was right .
You'll find it done this way every newspaper. Hope this clears things up! Just a thought ??shouldn't it be 'with every newspaper'? or maybe the original poster was right . leyton

5:36pm Fri 14 Feb 14

LTHannah says...

Read my second comment. There was a typo in the first, hence why I reposted.
Read my second comment. There was a typo in the first, hence why I reposted. LTHannah

8:29pm Fri 14 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

L T Hannah. I think the issue with your punctuation is the way that you use speech marks to open a quotation, but don't use them at the end of the quotation.

You then use a fresh set of speech marks to open the next quotation.

Since you haven't closed the previous quotation, then there's no need to use a fresh set to open a new quotation.

You also make the comment "You'll find it done this way every newspaper. Hope this clears things up!"

Are you suggesting that newspaper reporters are all experts in the use of the English language and grammar? This site offers plenty of evidence to the contrary!
L T Hannah. I think the issue with your punctuation is the way that you use speech marks to open a quotation, but don't use them at the end of the quotation. You then use a fresh set of speech marks to open the next quotation. Since you haven't closed the previous quotation, then there's no need to use a fresh set to open a new quotation. You also make the comment "You'll find it done this way every newspaper. Hope this clears things up!" Are you suggesting that newspaper reporters are all experts in the use of the English language and grammar? This site offers plenty of evidence to the contrary! DaveBurnley

7:02pm Mon 17 Feb 14

LTHannah says...

DaveBurnley,

As I said, you don't close the quotation marks until that person has finished speaking - you start each paragraph with a set of open quotation marks, but you don't close them until the end of the last paragraph. There is actually a need to use new open quotation marks every time, because it makes it clear that it is still a direct quote, and not reported speech.

Open any newspaper and take a look and you'll find it done the same way.
DaveBurnley, As I said, you don't close the quotation marks until that person has finished speaking - you start each paragraph with a set of open quotation marks, but you don't close them until the end of the last paragraph. There is actually a need to use new open quotation marks every time, because it makes it clear that it is still a direct quote, and not reported speech. Open any newspaper and take a look and you'll find it done the same way. LTHannah

8:50am Tue 18 Feb 14

DaveBurnley says...

LTHannah wrote:
DaveBurnley,

As I said, you don't close the quotation marks until that person has finished speaking - you start each paragraph with a set of open quotation marks, but you don't close them until the end of the last paragraph. There is actually a need to use new open quotation marks every time, because it makes it clear that it is still a direct quote, and not reported speech.

Open any newspaper and take a look and you'll find it done the same way.
Interesting. I checked and it appears that you are correct, so the way I was taught at school many years ago was incorrect! You live and learn!
[quote][p][bold]LTHannah[/bold] wrote: DaveBurnley, As I said, you don't close the quotation marks until that person has finished speaking - you start each paragraph with a set of open quotation marks, but you don't close them until the end of the last paragraph. There is actually a need to use new open quotation marks every time, because it makes it clear that it is still a direct quote, and not reported speech. Open any newspaper and take a look and you'll find it done the same way.[/p][/quote]Interesting. I checked and it appears that you are correct, so the way I was taught at school many years ago was incorrect! You live and learn! DaveBurnley

10:13pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Lancs_Lad says...

I found this article most interesting.

I can recall another article from a national newspaper a year or two ago which centred around this same street - I'm sure of it.. Britain's cheapest house or something similar.

The same article mentioned the house needed full renovation and had evidence of structural movement to the front elevation.. this isn't the same house, however it's the same street..

If you take a look at the old ordnance survey maps of this area which are freely available to view on the LCC website, this street and the majority of the other grid-iron arranged streets surrounding it are actually built on top of an old quarry.

Is it any wonder if it's true that building work was being carried out in the cellar and considering the weather that the front elevation has collapsed in such a spectacular fashion? Again, probably another rogue landlord that needs bringing to heel.

Hopefully this gets resolved as soon as possible and Mr. Rhodes can get back to life as normal, this must be extremely disruptive for him.
I found this article most interesting. I can recall another article from a national newspaper a year or two ago which centred around this same street - I'm sure of it.. Britain's cheapest house or something similar. The same article mentioned the house needed full renovation and had evidence of structural movement to the front elevation.. this isn't the same house, however it's the same street.. If you take a look at the old ordnance survey maps of this area which are freely available to view on the LCC website, this street and the majority of the other grid-iron arranged streets surrounding it are actually built on top of an old quarry. Is it any wonder if it's true that building work was being carried out in the cellar and considering the weather that the front elevation has collapsed in such a spectacular fashion? Again, probably another rogue landlord that needs bringing to heel. Hopefully this gets resolved as soon as possible and Mr. Rhodes can get back to life as normal, this must be extremely disruptive for him. Lancs_Lad

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