Ramsgate property demolished following partial building collapse

The damaged building (photo Dave Stillman) and start of demolition (photo Thomas Reynolds

A building in Ramsgate that partially collapsed on Wednesday (September 18) has been demolished.

The property on the corner of Plains of Waterloo and Bellevue Avenue was pulled down last night.

A Thanet council spokesperson said: “The building has been completely demolished. It was agreed with a structural engineer and Building Control that the building was dangerous and would have to be removed down to the ground.”

Photo Michael Davies

Three people were arrested on suspicion of arson and two people received minor injuries, with one taken to hospital and one treated at the scene, following the partial collapse.

The third storey of the corner property crumbled with debris falling across the road at around 10.10pm on Wednesday. A huge crack also appeared in the lower part of the building. Residents in nearby buildings were evacuated while the scene was made safe.

Photo Michael Davies

The scene was initially attended by police, crews from Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) and the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident while officers work with KFRS to establish the circumstances of the fire.

“While at the scene, officers have also found a cannabis cultivation in a nearby building.”


  1. Three arrested in connection to the explosion to this building and no reported arrests for the cannabis factory nearby!!
    It was reported earlier that a propane gas bottle caused the explosion and damage to the building. It must have been devastating if the building is being demolished with all the peoples belongings and furniture still inside.

  2. I have been told by 2 completely un related people that it was while cooking drugs up an explosion occurred causing a small fire both people said those who were in their would be lucky to have got out alive. If anyone has seen casualty on BBC when a meth lab was shown blowing up and on fire you will know exactly what I mean. I have a feeling this was either doing for own use or a small trial run for a bigger project and a mistake happened. Only time will tell. Good news though another cannabis farm found by luck but has been destroyed. We just need to find the rest. But why no smashed glass???

    • “Three people were arrested on suspicion of arson “, say the police.
      “it was while cooking drugs up an explosion occurred “, said two unidentified people.
      I wonder who was correct?

  3. Technically, If there is an explosion and a fire resulting, this would be reported as an Arson, the fact it appears it was a drugs lab is irrelevant at this stage, the report for the drugs will be put on as a separate crime report, linked to the Arson.

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