• Short Summary

    AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE DIED AND 15 WERE FEARED MISSING AFTER A 23-STOREY BLOCK OF FLATS IN LONDON COLLAPSED TODAY.

  • Description

    AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE DIED AND 15 WERE FEARED MISSING AFTER A 23-STOREY BLOCK OF FLATS IN LONDON COLLAPSED TODAY. THE TRAGEDY CAME IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THIS MORNING, WHILE MANY OF THE BLOCK'S RESIDENTS WERE STILL INDOORS.

    ONE EYE-WITNESS SAID THERE APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN AN EXPLOSION AND THEN A CORNER OF THE BLOCK COLLAPSED ONTO THE ROAD. POLICE AND FIREMEN RUSHED TO THE SCENE WITH A TEAM OF DOCTORS AND NURSES FROM A NEARBY HOSPITAL. THE RESCUE WORKERS CLAWED AT THE RUBBLE WITH BARE HANDS UNTIL EARTH MOVING EQUIPMENT COULD BE BROUGHT IN.

    RESIDENTS OF NEARBY BUILDINGS WERE ORDERED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES IN CASE OF FURTHER COLLAPSE. THE NEWLY-BUILT BLOCK WAS ONE OF FOUR MADE OF PREFABRICATED CONCRETE BLOCKS IN THE EAST LONDON AREA OF PLAISTOW.

    ANOTHER WITNESS SAID THE BUILDING COLLAPSED LIKE "A PACK OF CARDS". POLICE WITH LOUD-HAILERS TOURED NEARBY STREETS, WARNING MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS TO STAY OUT OF THE AREA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5W7HLPNFVXXA55VD226C3A1OS
    Media URN:
    VLVA5W7HLPNFVXXA55VD226C3A1OS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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