Emergency services called to partial building collapse in Ramsgate

The debris spilled into the road Photo Dave Stillman

Police and Kent Fire and Rescue Service have been called to the scene of a partial building collapse in Ramsgate.

The third storey of the corner property in Plains of Waterloo, just off Bellevue Road,  crumbled with debris falling across the road tonight (September 18) at around 10.10pm. A huge crack can also be seen in the lower part of the building.

A Central Cars driver at the scene told The Isle of Thanet News: “I was just dropping a customer off when we heard the crash, there was a bang and then the shopkeepers came out.

Photo Dave Stillman

“We dd not see anyone  and then people started coming out.The customer called the police.”

The fire service and South East Coast Ambulance services are now at the scene where a crowd of shocked people, many in their night wear, are gathered on the pavement.

One person said there was a fire inside the building, another said there was a suspected gas explosion.

Photo Dave Stillman

One man who wore only his boxer shorts rushed back into the building before emergency services reached the scene.

Kent Fire and Rescue said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service has been called to a building collapse on Plains of Waterloo in Ramsgate. Two fire engines and our Technical Rescue Unit are currently on the scene. Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance are also in attendance. The exact cause is not yet known.”