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Scaffolding collapses onto busy London street

royal free hospital credit doctorkenny

royal free hospital credit doctorkenny

Source: Twitter: @doctorkenny

Scaffolding fell onto a busy road opposite the entrance to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London, this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene around 2.45pm and the area has been cordoned off.

The scaffolding is believed to have been on a café opposite the hospital.

Witnesses told local press that people had to run out of the way of the falling structure, but no one was injured in the incident.

London Fire Brigade said in a statement: “Approximately 200 sq m of scaffolding from ground to third-floor level has collapsed into the road way.

“Surrounding buildings have been evacuated as a precaution and a cordon is in place.”

A spokesman for the hospital said just after the incident: “We are on standby following the collapse of scaffolding at a building opposite the Royal Free Hospital.

“To date we have not been required to treat any patients in relation to the incident.”

He later confirmed that no one was hurt as a result of the collapse.

Witness Hilary Barnes told the Camden New Journal newspaper: “There was an awful lot of screaming. Ambulances were charging down there within seconds.

“It looked like the wind caught the polythene and the scaffolding came away. I am sure there will be casualties as it is so busy, with the schools and the Royal Free.”

Gergana Kabakova told the Ham&High that her and her partner had to run out of the way pushing their six-week-old baby in a pram.

“We immediately started running with the pram towards the nearby bus which was stopped there,” she said.

A member of staff at ALB Scaffolding told the Ham&High: “It could well have just been the wind, because it will have caught the plastic sheeting and that can give it nowhere to go.”

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