The elderly owner of a car crushed when a derelict building collapsed in the Fountain estate in Derry today said: “It’s lucky no-one was killed.”
Eighty-five year-old Albert J. Thompson, who lives alone, was sitting in his living room in Kennedy Place in the Fountain when the three storey building next door collapsed onto his car below.
Speaking to the ‘Derry Journal’ at the scene at lunchtime today, Mr. Thompson said: “I heard a loud noise outside. I didn’t know what it was but when I looked outside I saw my car had been crushed - it was an absolute horror. I could have so easily been getting into or getting out of the car - it’s lucky no-one was killed.”
PSNI officers attended the scene of the collapsed former Ulster Unionist Party offices shortly before 1pm on Friday afternoon. The building was also used as a youth club in the past.
A cordon was erected immediately in a bid to make the area around the remaining part of the building safe.
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue officers also attended the scene.
Shocked local residents looked on in disbelief at the rubble strewn over a large area of the Fountain estate which also has a primary school and a creche nearby.
(For full coverage and reaction to the incident see this weekend’s Sunday Journal).