Building collapses on Berkhamsted High Street

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MIRACULOUSLY no one was injured when a three-storey building suddenly collapsed on Sunday morning, spewing debris over Berkhamsted High Street.

The scene was compared to ‘a bomb site’ when onlookers flocked to look at the rubble on Sunday.

Workers are currently clearing and securing the site of former men’s outfitters Birtchnells on the corner of Elm Grove.

It is believed a structural fault in the building caused the collapse of the building which was currently in the process of being renovated.

Fire crews were called out just after midnight, originally believing a car had ploughed into the building, discovering the true extent of the carnage on arrival.

Conservation and building control officers from Dacorum Borough Council also attended the scene.

John Keeton, Principal Building Control Officer at the council said: “We quickly established that no one had been injured and so then our first concern became ensuring the building was stabilised so that any further collapse did not happen.

“The owners were called and the building was made safe by Sunday evening with external scaffold bracing”

Temporary lights have been erected allowing vehicle and pedestrian access on High Street.