Seven people rescued after London bar mezzanine collapses
Seven people have been rescued after a mezzanine collapsed at a London bar and restaurant.
The incident happened on Saturday night at Two More Years in Roach Road, Hackney Wick, east London.
The London Ambulance Service (LAS) declared a major incident and said crews treated 13 people, three of whom had potentially serious injuries and 10 minor injuries.
Four people were taken to major hospitals and trauma centers.
Brian Jordan, LAS strategic commander, said crews were called at 4:44 p.m. to reports that part of a building had collapsed.
He said: “We have declared a major incident and sent a number of resources to the scene.
“This included Incident Response Officers, Advanced Paramedics, Tactical Advisors, Clinical Team Leaders, units from our Hazardous Area Response Team, and multiple ambulance and car crews from rapid response unit.
“We also sent teams from the London Air Ambulance.
“We worked closely with emergency service partners and treated 13 people.
“Three patients had potentially serious injuries and 10 had milder injuries.
“We took four people to major hospitals and trauma centers.”
A man who was in the room at the time told the PA news agency: ‘There was just this kind of crackling noise and dust starting to fall.
“My friend and I just ran sideways and everything fell apart in seconds.”
The man said he was lucky there weren’t more people sitting directly under the mezzanine going down.
He saw one person being brought on a stretcher and put into an ambulance, but said most of the injured appeared to have cuts and bruises rather than anything serious.
LFB station commander Sacha Clément, who was at the scene, said: “Firefighters carried out a systematic search of the building and rescued seven people from inside.
“They were trapped on the remaining part of the mezzanine and crews used a ladder to bridge the floor to the internal staircase to get them safely out of the building.
“We are working with our emergency service partners, and a number of people have been treated at the scene and taken to hospital.”
The LFB said around 50 people left the building before the crews arrived.
Three fire trucks from Homerton Bethnal Green and Leyton fire stations and two rescue units from East Ham and Edmonton stations were dispatched to the scene.
Rushanara Ali, Labor MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, tweeted: “Very concerned about the collapse of part of a building in Roach Road #fishisland.
“My thoughts are with everyone affected and their loved ones. Thanks to @Ldn_Ambulance and @TowerHamletsNow emergency response services for their support at this time.
Metropolitan Police said they were called by LAS at 4.47pm to reports of a partial building collapse at a pub.
A police cordon has since been lifted.